Energy Efficiency Day highlights ways to cut energy use, lower bills
National Energy Efficiency Day is Wednesday and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) reminds Michiganders that reducing their energy usage is the cheapest, quickest way to meet energy needs; cut residential, business and industrial utility bills; and reduce pollution.
To mark the fourth annual event (#EEDay2019), Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation encouraging all Michigan citizens to join in supporting clean energy goals and moving toward more energy efficiency.
“Energy Efficiency Day is a reminder for all Michiganders that by doing your part to limit energy use today and every day we can work together toward a cleaner environment and sustainable future,” EGLE Director Liesl Clark said. “Whether it’s weather stripping at home or replacing less-efficient machinery at work, energy efficiency benefits everyone by reducing demand for energy, which leads to lower bills.”
Through EGLE grant programs, Michigan schools, communities, businesses, and the agricultural sector have saved a total of approximately 2.06 million kilowatt hours of energy in the past year, or enough to power 174 homes for a year. Thirty EGLE-funded projects around the state have saved recipients more than $181,000 in energy costs so far.
Energy efficiency is also the first step toward making renewable energy a more cost-effective option. By reducing the amount of energy used through energy efficiency practices, the amount and cost of renewable energy needed to meet those energy needs is also reduced.
Here are some more tips from EGLE on increasing energy efficiency:
Small things can add up to big savings. Every $1 spent on energy efficiency projects results in $3.51 in lifecycle savings, according to the annual energy efficiency report from the Michigan Public Service Commission.
Another way to conserve energy, Clark said, is to follow proper recycling practices. The more items that are recycled, the less energy is needed to make new products. EGLE’s Know It Before You Throw It recycling campaign aims to double Michigan’s recycling rate to 30% by 2025 and ultimately reach 45% annually. Michigan’s current 15% recycling rate is the lowest in the Great Lakes region and ranks among the nation’s lowest.
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