Monday, January 6, 2020

Pick a Plan

Dawn M. has just completed her first year in the Corporate Communications Department and is here to share what she's learned about controlling her energy costs since starting at MLGW.

Now that you know where most of your utility dollars are going you can pick-a-plan that will help you start saving.

Decide your level of commitment. You can always update it later.

  • Am I only willing to do one thing?
  • Am I a weekend warrior? Ready to tackle weatherization projects on the weekend?
  • Can I get the whole family involved? 
  • Do I consider myself an Earth Saver? 

I chose Weekend Warrior.

I don't want to spend more than $50 to start and I don't want to spend too much time on projects. I am not a handy person so I think this is the best route for me.

"My Account" calculates my answers and brings up six ways I can save money on energy:

1. Save up to $30/year by changing to CFL bulbs.
2. Save up to $18/year by replacing my halogen torchiere lamp.
3. Save up to $17/year by lowering the temperature on my water heater.
4. Save up to $8/year by using CFL bulbs in recessed fixtures.
5. Save up to $3/year by raising the temp in my fridge.
6. Save up to $3/year by raising the temp on my A/C.

Doing all of these things will save me up to $73/year on my energy costs. I've already changed all of my lightbulbs to LED bulbs which are even more efficient than CFL's. I'm willing to lower the temperature on my water heater but the fridge and A/C are staying where they are.

I can adjust my action plan or my savings goal anytime I want. "My Account" will re-calculate everything for me and give me new, cost reduction ideas as I move forward.

Just try it! At the very least "My Account" will give you more insight into your energy costs. And when you're ready to take the next step, and start weatherizing your home, "My Account" will help with that too. Here's a 30-second video that shows you how to sign up.

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