Weatherization tops the list, yet there are so many ways you can help lower your heating bills and make better use of electricity in your household or business.

Time of Day Heating

Don’t wait for daylight to start heating your home in the winter. Start at 5 AM to get your house at optimal temperature for when you and your family are up and getting ready for the day.

LED Lighting

Light emitting diode (LED) lighting has been rapidly replacing conventional incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting. Benefits? Here are the top five:

  1. Long life: their operational life-time is up to 100,000 hours
  2. Durable: resistant to shock and vibrations, weather, wind and rain exposure
  3. Ecologically friendly: free of toxic chemicals, unlike compact fluorescent bulbs
  4. Zero UV emissions: LEDs product little infrared light and close to no UV emissions
  5. Low voltage: highly efficient illumination with very low wattage, suitable for solar-energy sources

Low-flow Showerheads

Low-flow showerheads do more than reduce your water use, they lower the energy used to heat that water. Come into the Friday Harbor or Eastsound offices and ask for one of the energy efficient showerheads.

Clotheslines

Conventional clothes dryers are a fact of life these days, but during the warm and sunny days of summer, as well as in the fall and spring, put up that old-fashioned clothesline to save energy.

Is your house a good fit for Solar?

Google now has an app that will let you enter an address and then, based on Google maps, calculates the potential of your roof’s solar energy. Not many homes in the Pacific Northwest have been analyzed, and more will come online as the project develops. Enter your address today at Project Sunroof.

Read more tips for energy efficiency and conservation here.