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Reduce personal energy dependence

Today’s economy is rising tide of expenses and debt for the average consumer. It seems to many that there will never again be a low tide where one can catch their breath before dealing with yet another increase or financial crisis. In previous posts, I gave several tips on ways to decrease your expenses and although we are soon starting a new year, those tips are still very pertinent today.

We have moved forward in our sustainable living model with the addition of rabbits, bees, tilapia fish, and a large aquaponics setup, which have all helped in reducing our need on outside sources to live a comfortable, frugal life.

I would like to take a moment to once again discuss the desire and need to reduce our energy consumption-initially to reduce our expense and be less dependent on outside sources, but since have noted how much a difference has been made in reducing our carbon gas emissions.We are taking our energy reduction one step further with the addition of a solar panel grid to our electric system.

In the past decade solar power was an expensive venture to install and maintain, but in just the last few years many new innovations have made solar power a very affordable opportunity to the average homeowner. In just the past few months, thousands have contacted us to see how affordable solar energy has become.

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Through our program and partnership with one of the leading solar companies in the United States, it is as simple as:

  • Free installation
  • Included maintenance at no additional cost for the life of your contract. That includes any necessary repairs or replacements. (Which, you should know, are not a common occurrence: Today’s solar systems are designed to withstand extremes of wind and weather)
  • Locked-in low rates that can be significantly less than you pay your utility now
  • No paperwork: All permitting and arrangements with your utility will be handled for you

And with a completely FREE evaluation of the property, there is nothing to lose. Everything will be handled initially by phone and email, and only once you decide solar is the right choice will an engineer visit your home for an on site assessment and installation plan.

The truth is, going solar may be one of the smartest things you can do as a homeowner because it can increase your home’s resale value. And as utility prices go up, your savings grow.

There is nothing to lose and everything to gain by converting much of your power generation to green, clean, solar energy. Take just 30 seconds to request your no-risk consultation and you could be on your way to savings in your pocket, while making a huge difference on our environment. Currently available in limited markets, but quickly expanding, so if we are not in your market yet, check back soon.

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Go Green and Save in 2016

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SAVE GREEN IN 2016

It is never to early to start thinking about plans for the next year. As 2015 winds down, lets gear up for saving in 2016.

Here are a few simple things you can do to save money while being eco-friendly. If you have a limited budget, start with the free ones and then try and add another step as you can afford them. In the long run, the savings will far outweigh the initial cost!  

GO GREEN to SAVE GREEN IN 2016

Reduce Energy Consumption

  • ·        Insulate! Insulate! Insulate!
  • ·        Insulate electrical sockets on outside walls.
  • ·        Turn off the lights when you leave a room to help reduce your electric bill.
  • ·        Unplug your cell phone charger when not in use. (Considered an energy vampire)
  • ·        Turn off anything with LED lighting, ie VCR/DVD, cable box,etc… Again, energy vampires.
  • ·        Do not hold refrigerator or freezer door open for an extended period.
  • ·        Close blinds or curtains on sunny side of house in summer to keep the sun from heating up the room, keeps AC from having to work harder. In winter, open blinds and curtains so sun warms the room, decreasing heating costs.
  • ·        Caulk around windows to keep an airtight seal, reducing energy costs
  • ·        Seal leaks around the house. A common place to look is at the junction where the foundation and house meet. Also another place to look for is where the electric and plumbing come into the house.
  • ·        Change all bulbs to CFL bulbs or LED lighting.
  • ·        Change furnace filter every month to have furnace work efficiently.
  • ·        Use Energy Star appliances when possible.
  • ·        Use a programmable thermostat.
  • ·        Turn down the thermostat. For every degree you turn it up or down you save money. In the winter, turn down the furnace. Wear shoes, socks, and a sweater. We program out thermostat to go down to 64 degrees at 9 pm when the grandchild goes to bed. Everyone can be warm snuggled under the covers! Also open curtains and/or blinds during the day to let the sun warm the room.
  • ·        In the summer, turn air conditioner up and use a ceiling fan in the room you are in, when you leave the room turn off the fan. Close the curtains and blinds on the side of the room the sun will be shining into. This helps to keep heat out thereby reducing energy costs.
  • ·        Caulk around your dryer vent.
  • ·        Turn down water heater to 120 degrees. This can cut up to 5 % off bill with each 10 degrees that you lower the temperature.
  • ·        Put an insulated wrap around your water heater.
  • ·        Use a pressure cooker to cook things quicker, food is also healthier.
  • ·        Give your digital clock away, use a wind up clock, or if you need an alarm what about your cell phone?
  • ·        Weather strip and caulk around doors and windows.
  • ·        Using the microwave is cheaper than using the stove or oven.
  • ·        Cook with crock pot, pressure cooker, or microwave.
  • ·        In the summer, arrange cooking so that you don’t use the oven and heat up the house. Use the grill as an option.
  • ·        In the winter, when you use the oven when the food has finished cooking open the door so the room is warmed too.
  • ·        Air dry dishes, don’t use the high heat drying cycle of the dishwasher.
  • ·        Don’t put the refrigerator near a heating vent.
  • ·        Keep temperature of the refrigerator about 34 degrees F.
  • ·        Keep the freezer temperature between 0-4 degrees F.
  • ·        Keep the refrigerator coils clean. Vacuum the coils every month for maximum efficiency.
  • ·        Keep refrigerator a couple of inches away from the wall so coils won’t have unnecessary heat trapped.
  • ·        Keep freezer full. If necessary use gallon jugs of water between grocery trips. Uses more energy to keep air in freezer at proper temperature than to keep solid items frozen.
  • ·        In refrigerator compartment it is most efficient for the air to circulate around foods.

Reduce Water Consumption

  • ·        Turn off water, don’t let it run when brushing teeth or working in kitchen.
  • ·        Put a brick or plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet to decrease the amount of water you use when flushing toilet.
  • ·        Reuse your bath towel more than one time! Hang it up to dry and use for a few days to reduce the amount of laundry you have. This is for energy AND water savings.
  • ·        Use the water that was used to boil eggs, cool it, and water your plants with the water. Utilize the water that will run down the drain, use it to water your plants or gardens.
  • ·        Insulate at minimum the first 6 ft of hot water pipes from the water heater.
  • ·        Use low flow faucets and showerheads.
  •         Reduce the amount of time spent in the shower by a few minutes for water savings
  •  Take a shower instead of a bath-uses less water
  • Fix any water leaks!  

 Save Money on Laundry

  • ·        Empty dryer lint trap before drying clothes.
  • ·        Don’t wash small loads in the washer. Fill the machine to capacity to keep from doing multiple loads of laundry.
  • ·        Line dry clothes whenever possible.
  • ·        Remove laundry from dryer promptly, to prevent wrinkles and having to iron.
  • ·        When drying clothes separate the lighter clothes from the heavy ones. Dryer will keep running until the wettest item is dry.
  • ·        Wash clothes in cold water. Can save up to $63. a year for the average consumer.
  • ·        Don’t run appliances during peak times. In some areas your energy costs more at these times. Check with your local gas and electric company to see what your peak times are. (Usually around 1pm to 5pm.)
  • Make your own laundry soap-cheaper and no added fillers or chemicals

Saving money in the Home office

  • ·        Turn off the computer, printer, and fax machine when not in use.
  • ·        Shred paper to prevent identity theft, use in compost piles.
  • ·        Use a Smart Strip with all office equipment.
  • ·        Only print what you must have in print form, if you can save in a digital file, do so. If you need to retain it for records purposes, look into an online backup/storage facility. They are very inexpensive and your records are guaranteed safe. (This is great also if you have a system crash!)

Want more ideas, be sure to catch Part 2! If you can think of others-feel free to add them in the comments!

Northeast Polar Vortex Causing Havoc with Utility Rates

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Polar Vortex Northeast

The winter that never ends in the Northeast U.S. has caused much trauma with people when it comes to paying energy bills. The Polar Vortex has caused a huge spike in energy demand, thus causing prices, especially variable rate products, to increase dramatically.

The legislatures of states like Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York have been in much discussion since the huge increase of complaints lodged against many energy suppliers. These complaints have prompted the utility commissions and legislatures to take a hard look into “price gouging” in the energy market.

EnergyChoiceMatters.com has published several stories relating to the debates going on in the northeast states. One of the most recent concerning U.S. Senator Charles Schumer calling for an investigation into Polar Vortex Pricing.

A Pennsylvania Energy Boss has also put heat on one supplier that has imposed a surcharge to recover high costs this winter, even though the customers are on a legal fixed rate contract. I believe a large percentage of people in the Northeast this year have opened at least one bill with a look of disbelief at the cost.

Consumers are scrambling to find ways to reduce their energy bill, whether through reducing consumption or finding alternatives to the current energy supplier.

One alternative that is growing significantly in popularity is the addition of  Windmills or solar arrays to the home. Over the past few years these options have become very doable for the average homeowner. We hope to have our home converted later this year when I catch up on the many other projects happening now.

Looking for alternatives does not have to be hard. Doing a little research will offer the consumer a plethora of  options from which to choose. Finding a fixed low rate for either a short term of 6-9 months or longer terms up to five years with some companies, can be an easy choice.

I know in our situation, not only was I concerned about the rate I was paying, but I also wanted to make sure that we could have some environmentally friendly options as well. Finding a company that offered both a great fixed rate and a green energy option that still saved me money had me jumping up and down. I was thrilled to lock in at a great rate, lower than the local utility AND still was able to get a minimum of 50% of my energy use from Green sources.

We have also began the process for solar installation on our home. Although a total off-the-grid package was completely out of the question for us, we have been able to settle for an option that does allow us to get around 55% of our energy usage from installed solar panels. We originally thought solar was out of the question, but with advances in technology and reduction’s in costs, we can achieve a large part of our goal.

I won’t say that this Polar Vortex was a once in a lifetime occurrence, but hopefully we don’t see another winter like this one for many years. But at least we will be prepared if it does.

 

 

 

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