The journey to living more sustainably continues with Part Two of our ABCs of Sustainability. To catch up, check out Part One here!
Having quality insulation for your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to decrease your energy bill, as you’ll spend less energy keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This can apply to anything from windows, to doors, to air ducts.
Kilowatt Hours—or Kwh—are how your electricity usage is measured and ultimately billed each month. A kilowatt hour (kWh) is a measure of energy. As of 2017, the average home in the U.S. consumed 897 kWh of electricity per month. And though homes come in all shapes and sizes, businesses have even larger cost variations depending industry and business.
LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode,” a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light. They are known for being more energy efficient, cost-effective, and longer-lasting than traditional bulbs, and are a great way to save on your electricity bills for your home and business. And lucky for you, GEE does LED Retrofitting with no up-front costs!
Microgrids are small-scale, self-sustaining power networks unburdened by ties to a centralized power plant. They empower the end-user with control over the energy mix, as well as freedom from the bureaucratic maze of a power utility.
GEE is proud to offer our customers natural gas, which is the earth’s cleanest fossil fuel. On average, natural gas costs considerably less than heating oil and is more in line with sustainable energy trends because it emits much less carbon than oil heat. Not only will using natural gas save you money, but it also helps the environment.
Grilling outside is one of the best ways to save on your in-home energy costs, as it will reduce your stove’s natural gas usage. And if you’re hosting people for a big event, outdoor grilling is a great way to regulate your home’s temperature for your guests.
Go paperless as often as you can, for both your home and business. It will reduce your waste and free you from having a lot of clutter. But if you must print something, try double-sided as much as possible!
Quiz, Energy Personality
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