Building more electrical generation capacity, such as hydroelectricHome Energy Use Calculator 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 efficiency amongst our members and community. Besides helping protect our natural resources, like trees, water, and fish, PenLight members who partner with us in efficient use of electrical energy can see some real savings in their monthly utility bills as a result of their efforts.

CHECK OUT our Energy Efficiency Rebates!

Rebates for ductless heat pumps, heat pumps, and heat pump water heaters are available for qualified residences.   Businesses should check out our Commercial Lighting rebates.

Shop for Energy-efficient Lights and Fixtures

Look for the “Simple Steps” tags on your retailer shelves to find the best deals. The new solid state light bulbs (LEDs) consume about 1/4 of the power of old-fashioned incandescent bulbs while still producing the same amount of light. LEDs also last on average 8 to 25 times longer!

Weather-proofing your home

A good 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. If so, adding insulation can be one of the best investments to improve your home. Energy efficient windows and doors, or simple weather stripping upgrades also may make a real difference. Homes with ducted heating systems can benefit from having the ductwork tested and sealed. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a high-efficiency  heat pump.

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.

Look for the ENERGY STAR logo when buying a new clothes washer.

energystarThe average American family washes almost 300 loads of laundry each year. Families can cut  those energy and water costs by purchasing an ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washer. These products have proven their efficient use of energy and water to make them stand out among the competition. They are available in front-load and top-load models, and have come down in price over the past few years.

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.

 

More Energy Saving Information…

Energy Consumption in an Empty Home (pdf)
How Much Power do Electronics In Your Home Really Use? (pdf)
Vacation Energy Checklist (pdf)

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