With the heating season approaching, the Milford Renewable Energy Advisory Committee would like to take this opportunity to encourage all home and business owners to make appointments now to have energy efficiency audits performed on their buildings to identify how to lower energy usage and thereby reducing utility costs.
For example, National Grid offers energy efficiency programs that will show you how to save on your monthly energy bill. Call 1-800-632-8300 and an energy expert will answer your energy conservation questions and determine your eligibility for a home energy assessment.
The assessment includes an analysis of your home’s energy use and advice on the best ways to lower your monthly energy bill. There is a wide range of rebates available for MassSAVE program participants on ENERGY STAR rated products like thermostats, windows, refrigerators, and high-efficiency hot water and home heating systems.Here is a list of tips that are easy, low-cost, and no-cost ways to save energy:
- Install programmable thermostats to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Program so that less energy is used when you are not home.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR label.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
- Plug home electronic devices such as TV’s and DVD players into power strips. Turn the power strips off when the devices are not in use. Electronic devices that use remote controls still draw several watts of power even though they are “off."
- Lower the thermostat on the hot water heater to 120 degrees F.
- Take shorter showers instead of baths. Replace existing showerheads with low-flow shower heads.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
Visit www.energysavers.gov for additional energy saving ideas.
Milford Renewable Energy Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and are held the first Thursday of every month at the Milford Town Library, 7 pm.