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Spring is a Time for Energy Efficiency Clean Up

Spring has arrived, so businesses and consumers have begun preparing for the warmer weather. Now is a great time to make small changes that could yield big energy efficiency gains.  Utilities may want to plant that notion among their customers, so together they reduce energy demand.

One place to start is embracing the Internet of Things, which places computer processing power on small devices, like sensors. Increasingly, products, like HVACs, thermostats, lights, and appliances, are gaining intelligence. As a result, users can set them to automatically turn on and off as energy usage and pricing waxes and wanes.

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Heating System Best Practices

Heating systems represent a major energy hog. Businesses and consumers need to ensure that these systems are properly maintained. Customers should have their central heating and cooling system serviced at least annually by professionals. This step ensures that the systems operate efficiently, lowers usage, reduces costs, and extends the life of the system.

Periodically, businesses should check their ductwork for leaks or tears. Small leaks can lead to large energy increases.  They also  should regularly check air filters (monthly is a good metric) and change them when dirty. Leaving interior doors open and not closing vents allows for adequate air flow through the HVAC system and reduces heating needs.

Energy often escapes through small cracks and crevices.  Customers should caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all openings to protect against drafts. Windows and exterior doors are often sources of leakage. Upgrading insulation to a minimum of 12-14 inches saves on heating and cooling costs.

Spring is a time for renewal. Utilities can work with their customers to invest in energy efficient best practices, so they reduce consumption, lower bills, and extend product lifecycles.

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Audra Drazga on Apr 13, 2021

Sounds like a great time for Utilities to implement a "spring cleaning" initiative with their customers.  I wonder though, with the pandemic, if Energy Efficiency programs are lower priority right now? 

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Paul Korzeniowski on Apr 14, 2021

They did see a reduction in the last year (about 7% if my memory is correct). With restrictions being loosened, it will be interesting to see how quickly corporations and consumers will move to catch up with changes that they may have wanted to make. 

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