Energy Management Overview and Resources
Resident. Business Owner. School. Government. Every month the electric bill comes, depending on the season that bill could be very high. What if there were a way to bring your energy bill down?
Energy Management Overview
Energy management is key to reducing the amount of energy you use, whether a single building or ten. Energy management is the process of tracking the energy you use, finding opportunities to reduce the amount of energy needed, take action on those opportunities, and keep monitoring your energy. Through active energy management, you can take control of your electric bill.
- Track Energy Usage
The first step is to know how much energy you are using, day to day, month to month, year to year. One way to do this is to set up a free account with ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager.
- Gather and review your utility bills for the last twelve months.
- Benchmark your building(s).
- Conduct an Energy Audit
An energy audit is an assessment of your building(s) and looks at current energy consumption An energy auditor can assess where your building(s) is losing the most energy, and then recommend improvements to save energy – and reduce your utility bills.
- Implement Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Energy efficient upgrades are the quickest way to decrease your energy use and electric bill.
- Energy Efficiency Upgrades - If uncertain where to start for upgrades, start with lighting and move down the list:
- Upgrade to LED Lighting - Lighting Choices
- Improve Weather Sealing
- Replace old appliances with Energy Star Products
- Increase Insulation and Improve Ventilation
- Upgarde to an Efficient Water Heating System
- Upgrade to Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
- Install Energy Effiicient Windows
- Utility Energy Efficiency Rebates
- Transition to Renewable Energy
Once your home/building is as efficient as possible, the next step it to pursue renewable energy. There are different options available, but the most common ones are:
- Solar energy – energy that is generated from the sun, such as solar panels
- Geothermal energy – energy that is generated and stored in the earth
- Wind energy – energy that is generated from the wind, such as wind turbines
- Biomass – energy that is generated from organic materials, such as wood
- Hydropower – energy that is generated from water, such as dams
Your utility provider may also offer incentives to upgrade to renewables, but there are other options as well that can help pay/finance renewable upgrades:
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