Save with energy efficiency this fall

By Darlene Masse

Now is a great time to think about energy efficiency. Whether it’s planning for back to school or considering how to lower your energy bills in the colder months ahead, there are plenty of ways consumers can save with energy efficiency.

Smart Ways to Save for Back to School
With summer winding down and students heading back to class, there are many chances to save on back-to-school necessities.

  • ENERGY STAR® Rated Computers: If you are shopping for a new computer, choose a model with an ENERGY STAR® rating to save both energy and money in the long term. ENERGY STAR® computers are up to 70% more efficient than their unrated counterparts. For a list of participating manufacturers and models, visit https://www.energystar.gov/. Also, choosing a laptop rather than a desktop model can save you as much as $40 per year and can increase efficiency by up to 85 percent.
  • Advanced Power Strips: These devices allow you to leave power flowing through selected items such as computers or DVRs, but powers down everything else while not in use, preventing energy loss.
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED) Bulbs: For each standard incandescent bulb you replace with an LED, you can save $10 or more on your electric costs over the life of the bulb. You get more hours of illumination and up to four times more lighting efficiency.
  • Rebates: Customers can save on Advanced Power Strips and LED desk lamps through rebates. Click here for a list of participating retailers.
  • Energy Conservation: Many consumer electronics continue to use power, even when turned off. Unplug cell phone chargers, laptops, video game consoles or anything with “instant on” features to save up to 29 kWh and as much as $4 a month. Turn off lights, appliances, TVs, stereos and computers when not in use or while you are away from home to save up to 58 kWh and as much as $9 per month.

No-cost Home Energy Assessment: A No Brainer
National Grid customers in RI and MA can get a no-cost home energy assessment, and learn how they can personally save energy and money. With the winter months ahead, the fall season is a perfect time to sign up for these personalized assessments. Energy specialists will come to your home and conduct a comprehensive assessment. They’ll measure your home’s insulation and calculate how much energy is escaping, check for carbon monoxide leaks, and examine your home heating equipment. You also may be eligible for free or discounted energy efficiency items, like advanced power strips. (Program details and incentives for no-cost home energy assessments vary by state.)

National Grid has a proud 30-year track record of partnering with our customers to provide successful, award-winning efficiency programs in our U.S. service area. To learn more about the company’s energy efficiency services, visit http://www.nationalgridus.com.

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