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From the Manager May 2021

Summer heat is just around the corner and air conditioners and fans are starting to be switched on. It is a good time to consider how energy efficiency in cooling your home can mean real savings for your wallet.

Technology continues to make living in a more and more digital world workable in ways people would not have thought possible in decades past. With all the new electronic devices that populate our homes nowadays, the average kilowatt usage of residences has stayed steady or even decreased. This can be attributed to a focus on energy efficiency in appliances and lighting over the years. A recent cost analysis by the Consumer Federation of America found that changing to all LED lighting can save the average household around $8.30 a month.

It is estimated even greater savings can be had by incorporating technology into the high usage appliances that are part of our daily lives. New and efficient refrigerators, freezers, washers, and driers are big users that can have a big effect on your electric bill. Likely the one big user of kilowatts in your home is the air conditioner. New smart thermostats can provide you with the tools to track and alter your usage to save money while staying comfortable. Having remote access to set your home to ‘away mode’ while you are gone gives you options to change your thermostat from anywhere.

I am sure I am not the only person who has forgotten to change the thermostat before leaving on vacation. Smart thermostats can also be programmed to change during the day, and some will learn what the rhythm of the household is and adjust itself on its own. Almost all smart thermostats will provide you with an energy report through its app that gives you detailed information on how much energy you used to cool your home and how much time the system spent running. With more information at your fingertips, your bill is under your control.

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