Becoming Energy Efficient
Using less energy is the environmentally smart thing to do.
Using less energy saves you, your fellow members and Boone Electric money.
It should be your first step toward adding renewable energy to your home or business.
"The greenest energy is the energy never consumed."Unknown
How can your cooperative benefit from you using less power? When members use less energy, the costs to deliver that energy also becomes less expensive. Cooperatives will not have to build additional power plants to keep up with demand. We also will not have to build more infrastructure to move that power from generation facilities to your home or business. That means less materials, less labor, less work for you to have more money in your pocket! Yes, your cooperative would love for you to become energy efficient. Investing in energy efficiency will save you money year-round! At night, when the sun isn’t shining, when it’s 0 or 100 degrees, the investment will continue to pay you back.
How does this help you on your quest to add renewables? No matter if you are adding wind, solar, geothermal or other alternative energy, the less energy your home or business uses means less of an investment you have to make. Investing in solar? Using less energy requires a smaller PV system. Maybe you'll require only a 4-ton geothermal system instead of 5. The best part, Boone Electric offers rebates for reducing your energy use through our Take Control & Save Home Performance with Energy Star program! You could earn up to $1,200 back on the money invested in energy efficiency upgrades through rebates. Upgrades include updating or adding insulation, sealing ductwork, purchasing Energy Star appliances and HVAC systems, installing a ground source heat pump and more.
Once you have made those upgrades, see how they perform through a summer and winter season. On average, homeowners see about 21% savings through energy efficiency upgrades. You can call to get a copy of your energy use or log on to SmartHub to see daily readings to compare the updated numbers with prior years. The contractor selling you the renewable investment will need to know how much energy your home or business uses when calculating your system size.
Call us, at any time, with questions!