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Next to get back to me was Nicholas Meister of Southington. He is the owner of Potential Energy LLC and a self proclaimed “total nerd” for sharing the wisdom of energy efficiency. They do solar energy work on homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts that work in tandem with the local governments’ regulations, subsidies and tax savings. I asked Nicholas what he thought the best energy-saving measure was in a home and some other top strategies.
“Attic insulation is the biggest return for your dollar,” he said. “Twelve inches of insulation is pretty good. If someone has only three inches, they are not doing so well. Also, the top three costs in a home are heating, water heating and the refrigerator. So insulation and heating equipment are the main cost reductions in a home.”
Nicholas suggests setting your water heater to 120ºF. He also says that if you plan on living in a home for more than five years, buying an on demand water heater is a good investment. Stories from prior customers are always a learning experience as well. “A customer had a chimney flu that was wide open,” Nicholas said. “It’s like keeping a window open during the winter. Also the top half of a window some people over look.
Some also forget that they switch electric generation service on their electric bill and they need to keep an eye on when the term ends because the company will jack up the price.” (Note: This happened to us.) As far as appliances, Nicholas recommends setting computers to energy saver mode and to never leave a computer tower always running. Instant coffee machines, if always left on, are also very expensive.
“There’s a good math equation to determine your cost of electricity,” Nicholas explained. “1000 watts = 1kw = .16 cents and if you don’t know the watts of a device you can multiply. (amps x volts) = watts. So a cell phone charger is .2 amps x a standard house 120v = 24 watts. 1,000 watts divided by 24 watts equals 41.66 hours of use before it costs 16 pennies.” ...........
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The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) works to advance the efficient use of energy; reduce air pollution and unhealthy environmental impacts; and promote economic development & energy awareness. CEEF supports a variety of programs that provide financial incentives to help Connecticut consumers lower the amount of energy used in their homes and businesses. CEEF programs are reviewed by the Energy Efficiency Board, a group of advisors who utilize their years of experience and expertise with energy issues to evaluate and consult with Connecticut’s electric and natural gas utility companies on how programs can best be structured for and delivered to Connecticut consumers. The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund is supported by all Connecticut Light and Power & United Illuminating customers on their electricity bills through the Combined Public Benefits Charge; & by Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas Company & Yankee Gas Services Company customers through a conservation charge included in their rates.