Energy Efficiency

Finding ways to save energy is smart, because saving energy also saves you money. There are many ways to be energy efficient, from turning off lights you aren’t using, to installing a high-efficiency furnace or heat pump. Want to know how you can do more to save energy? Check out some of the information and links below. They’re not only informative, but they’re fun too!

Seal and save. Sealing and insulating the “envelope”, or “shell”, of your home — its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors — is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. ENERGY STAR estimates that a knowledgeable homeowner or skilled contractor can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10 percent on their total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating. For additional information, call Roger Keller, your Energy Advisor, (419) 949-2929.

The Kill-a-Watt monitor is a unit that you plug directly into the wall to help you know which appliances and equipment are consuming more power and draining more dollars. It’s simple: plug your 120-volt appliance into the monitor, and the device will register its energy use. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, or year. Start making decisions about your lifestyle and save on your energy bill.

Consolidated Electric Cooperative has provided local libraries with monitors that can be borrowed like a book. Please visit one of the following libraries listed to “check out” the unit so you can take charge of monitoring your electric use: Delaware Library, Ostrander Library, Ashley Wornstaff Library Sunbury Community Library, Centerburg Library, Fredericktown Library, Cardington Library Mt. Gilead Library and Perry Cook Library.

Ask your energy advisor.
Want to learn about energy efficiency improvements that can really make a difference? Learn more about energy audits, power quality, improved insulation and a whole lot more – from air conditioning and attic ventilation to windows and water heating. It’s valuable information that you can use whether you’re building a new home or remodeling your present one.

Has your energy use been fluctuating? Are you looking for a practical way to save on your electric bill? Call your energy auditor Roger Keller at (419) 949-2929 to sign up for a home energy audit for only $25.

Roger will then call you for a pre-audit evaluation. This initial call could determine whether you need a personal 75-point, in-home energy audit. Before the auditor visits your house, make a list of any problems or concerns you want to discuss.

Residential energy calculator.
Want to know how much energy you use? Based upon your type of home, the appliances you use and lifestyle information, you can get an approximate energy cost for your home with the residential energy calculator.

Geothermal heat pumps
Heat pumps can save you money. Learn more about heat pumps by clicking on the link above. When it’s time for you to make a heating system choice, consider the long-term savings of using a heat pump. And don’t forget to ask about the money-saving rebates offered by Consolidated Electric Cooperative.

Ways to conserve energy.
Use energy wisely to save money and to help the environment. Click on the link above for a brochure filled with energy-saving tips!