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 consumption.
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.
up to 40% more efficient than older fridges (see Links and Resources for list of most
Insulate your home
to cut both gas and electric consumption.Install radiant barriers in
the attic to cut down summer heat.
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.
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