Building more electrical generation capacity, such as hydroelectric dams and natural gas powered plants, is becoming more difficult and expensive, especially with the increased environmental concerns. 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.
Rebates for ductless heat pumps, air source heat pumps, heat pump (hybrid) water heaters, and smart thermostats are available for qualified residences. Businesses should check out our Commercial Lighting and HVAC upgrade rebates.
Shop for energy-efficient lights and fixtures
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 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 and dryer. The 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, available in front-load and top-load models, have proven their efficient use of energy and water to make them stand out among the competition.
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.