Monday, May 18, 2015
Nothing Is For Free...Ways to Conserve Energy
Nothing is for free...do you realize this? There is always a cost to pay! Several years ago my brother hooked me up with a 2nd refrigerator for my garage. It's a suburban thing, having a 2nd fridge in the garage. This refrigerator was perfect or so I thought. It reminded me of my childhood as it was avocado green...what a throwback but being nostalgic I kind of liked it. What I did not realize at the time was how much energy this would use to run it. Annually, I think it was costing me over $400 a year to run this...I had this refrigerator for about 8 years...so you can do the math. If you are a client of mine then I have already bored you with this story many times but I like people to learn from my mistakes. Anyway, MassSave came out and this is how I found out the true cost of my free refrigerator!!
So, why today? Why am I sharing this today because I love learning and knowing about how to be more energy efficient. I guess I am kind of a geek that way and also slightly horrified at how much I need to improve!! But please, do yourself a favor and have MassSave out for an energy audit! It is worth the 2 to 2.5 hours. They will educate you about heat loss and show you the savings! Best of all...they come out with goodies for you! For example, they will offer you CFL and LED lightbulbs, programmable thermostats and energy efficient shower heads! What more could a girl ask for??
While we are on the topic of being more energy efficient, I will share another great site that I found. It is HomeWaterWorks I love this site. It is one of those interactive sites where you can calculate your water usage and then it lets you see where you stack up against more efficient homes. It also gives you ideas on how to save water usage and do-it-yourself tips as well. Let's just say I was not getting an A from them either...but I am working on it.
I hope you find these little tidbits of information helpful! What are your ideas about saving energy?