Reducing Your Electric Bill
Building more electrical generation capacity, such as hydroelectric dams and coal or natural gas powered plants, is becoming more difficult and expensive, especially with the increased environmental concerns these days. That’s why Peninsula Light is taking a lead role in promoting energy conservation amongst our members and community. Besides helping protect our natural resources, like trees, water and fish, PenLight members who partner with us in energy conservation can see some real savings in their monthly utility bills as a result of conservation.
Power Saving Devices
One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of power you consume is to update your home with new energy saving fixtures and appliances. The new compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) consume about 1/4 of the power of old-fashioned incandescent bulbs while still producing the same amount of light. CFLs also last on average 8 to 10 times longer.
Another major portion of your electrical usage is in heating water. New generation, efficient equipment, like our Marathon Water Heater, provides significant power savings and is warranted for the life of your home. To learn more about energy-saving products offered by Peninsula Light, visit our Co-op Store in the lobby at PenLight, or browse our line of products at the online Co-op Store.
Home Energy Efficiency Analysis
Another way to save money and feel more comfortable at home is to upgrade your home’s insulation. Your home may need more insulation in the ceiling, walls or floor. Energy efficient windows and doors, or simple weather stripping upgrades may make a real difference. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a high-efficiency gas furnace or heat pump. For a free online analysis of your home’s energy efficiency and an estimate of how much you might save by upgrading, try our home energy use calculator.
Other Energy Saving Techniques
Landscaping affects your home’s comfort and energy consumption. For example, deciduous trees help shade your home in the summer, but let the sunlight in during the cooler months after the leaves have fallen. Turning off all unused lights and only heating the areas of your home that you’re using will add up to significant savings.
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Investing in Renewable Resources
Besides encouraging energy conservation, PenLight encourages members to join in our Green by Choice program, which gives PLC members the opportunity to purchase a portion of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and low head (salmon-friendly) hydroelectric.
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