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Energy Efficiency

We want to help you save time, energy and money! Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Typically, you will spend 45 percent of your utility bill on heating and cooling. By following a few simple tips, you can cut your energy use and reduce environmental emissions, from 20 percent to 50 percent this summer.

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Winterizing Your Home For Savings!!

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The average home spends hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs. But you can lower your energy bills and help save the environment at the same time!
  • Ceiling fans are everyone's favorite summer budget-saver.
    • But they can help out in the winter as well! Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. If they're going counterclockwise, they won't be as effective.
  • Eliminate wasted energy
    • Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use (Save: 2%)
    • Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use-most electronics use electricity even when switched "off".  Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.
    • Unplug and recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don't really need it.

Inexpensive Energy Solutions
Make a quick trip to your local hardware store to purchase inexpensive energy-saving tools and equipment.
  • Draft Guards
    • Reducing the draft at the doorways can help keep heat from escaping your home and money from your pocket.
  • Replace air conditioner filters
    • Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit.
  • Plug your home's leaks
    • Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
  • Choose ENERGY STAR® products
    • Buy ENERGY STAR® certified table lamps and light fixtures, and replace your incandescent light bulbs that are used more than two hours per day with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent bulbs. For example, install compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs in your porch light if you leave it on overnight.
    • Install an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat. (Save: 1-3 %)

Good Energy Saving Investments

Planning to do some remodeling soon? Time to replace old appliances? Consider these energy efficiency suggestions when you make purchases.

  • Invest in a new air-conditioning unit
    • If your air conditioner is on the way out, buy an ENERGY STAR® air conditioner. (Save: up to 10 percent)
    • REA does have Rebates available for upgrading your HVAC System
  • Seal your ducts
    • Leaking ductwork accounts for 25 % of cooling costs in an average home, so have your ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor. Note: duct cleaning is not the same as duct sealing. 
  • Replace your refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR® model
    • Refrigerators with a top or bottom freezer design can save you an additional 2-3% on your bill compared to a side-by-side design.
  • Increase attic insulation
    • If existing insulation level is R-19 or less, consider insulating your attic to at least R-30.
  • Install ENERGY STAR® windows
    • If your windows are due for replacement, ENERGY STAR® windows can make your house more comfortable year-round.


Lighting Tips
  • Become familiar with the Lighting Facts Label printed on most light bulb packages.  The label will enable you to compare bulbs for light output, operating cost, life expectancy and more.

  • Select the bulb best suited for your particular use.  Some are specially designed for use with dimmers, recessed fixtures or frequent switching.

  • Commit to purchasing a more efficient option each time a bulb goes out.

  • Stay informed. Federal efficiency standards for lighting have mandated major improvements in the coming years.  Start now with our Co-op Lighting Lessons.

 

Conservation Tip 

Voluntarily conserving power during peak-use hours (Beat The Peak) (3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., every day except Sundays, the 4th of July, and Labor Day) between June 20th and September 9th can make a difference by lowering demand and ultimately your own power cost. 

 

Some important conservation actions you can take during peak hours include:

  • Setting your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees or higher

  • Turning off unused lights, computers, and entertainment systems

  • Limiting use of large appliances (washer, dryer, oven and dishwasher)

  • Avoiding use of any equipment that uses a lot of electricity


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