biggest message we can hopefully convey to all our customers
is one of striving to become more energy efficient and to
practice as much conservation as is possible in the home.
If you are contemplating a solar system, bear in mind that
every dollar spent on decreasing your consumption will save
you around ten on the amount of solar needed to match that
Renewable Energy is our
most promising long term solution and thanks to state and
federal incentives. Solar is becoming cost effective, with
rebates available that will pay half the system costs. See
Grid-Tie PV Systems
Energy Conservation Tips:
Compact fluorescent lights are
a good way to save electricity; they use a fourth the power of normal
incandescent bulbs and last up to 10,000 hours.(Incandescents last a
few hundred) In bulb replacement costs alone they pay for themselves
not to mention energy savings.
If you have an electric hot water heater, install
a timer on it and save $150-200 a year right there.
EnergyStar compliant refrigerators are
up to 40% more efficient than older fridges (see Links
and Resources for list of most efficient ones).
Insulate your home to
cut both gas and electric consumption.Install radiant barriers
in the attic to cut down summer heat.
“Phantom” loads waste
a lot of energy. These are the
appliances and electronics that draw power even when their
switches are off. Examples: televisions, VCRs, many stereos,
computers, wall cubes (like calculators use), motion detectors,
cordless phones, etc. The clock in a microwave oven uses more
power in a year then all the cooking time combined. The solution
is to use power strips and switch things off when not in use.
Wattmeters are useful for tracking down phantom loads, as well
as measuring power consumption of all your loads. They work
by measuring wattage and time and can equate monthly costs.
A few companies that sell meters are http://www.doubleed.com and http://brandelectronics.com/powermeter.htm. We
also have them available for rent for a small fee.
We’d like to suggest picking up a copy of Homemade
Money by Richard Heede. This book covers many of the things
one can do as a homeowner and even as a renter, to reduce utility bills
and increase energy efficiency. See the Rocky
Mountain Institute web site to order.
For more information please call 831-336-8650 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org