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The Path to efficiency – Independence
WHILE MANY MEMBERS THINK of fireworks and Independence Day parades when the Fourth of July is mentioned, none of these come to mind when discussing energy efficiency. Perhaps it should. If you think about it, energy efficiency not only benefits individuals and families, but the country as a whole. Energy efficiency combined with energy conservation and advances in technology in the utility industry, ultimately help our country on a path toward greater energy independence. And that’s worth celebrating.
Benefits of efficiency
Greater efficiency means less energy is used for the production of goods and services. For individual consumers, a reduction in energy use usually translates to more money in your wallet at the end of the month. If your co-op neighbors are also using less energy, collectively, it means the overall cost of providing that electricity could be lower and may result in reduced costs for co-op members. For many, this is reason enough to strive for greater energy efficiency. This is why we push for our members to sign up for our Beat the Peak program because we know the positive results of everyone working together.
Strike up the band
There’s no need to wait for the first exploding burst of fireworks in the night sky to start your energy efficiency efforts. Every American can take charge of their own energy use, regardless of the date on the calendar. Small steps can lead to a big difference for you and your neighbors, whether across the road or across the country.
Energy efficiency can generally be achieved two ways. The first is with mechanical change, such as replacing an older HVAC unit or less efficient appliance with a new ENERGY STAR model or upgrading to new, insulated windows. Less expensive actions include improving the seal of your home’s “envelope” by caulking exterior windows and doors and sealing openings where pipes and ductwork meet the outside. Swapping out the last incandescent bulbs (inside and outside) with LEDs also makes a noticeable difference.
Regardless of the path you take on the road to energy efficiency and independence, Aiken Electric can help you on the journey. For information about energy efficiency programs, visit aikenco-op.org.