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  • Custom

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    Reduce your large business’ utility and maintenance costs by boosting its energy efficiency. In addition to increasing productivity, safety, and sustainability, many upgrades will continue to save your business money year after year, long after they've paid for themselves. 

    Efficiency Smart's Custom program offers a consultative and tailored approach to providing expert technical assistance and financial incentives for a variety of energy efficiency projects. Whether your business is installing new equipment, upgrading current systems, constructing a new facility, or expanding a current one, we provide a dedicated program liaison that serves as your point of contact and works hand-in-hand with you through the process.

  • Municipal Subscription

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    Efficiency Smart offers a portfolio of energy efficiency programs and services with a wide range of options and price points from which to choose. Selections range from comprehensive services with energy savings performance guarantees to a la carte choices that focus on delivering savings or other value in specific market sectors.

  • Efficiency Smart Partnership to Benefit City of Painesville‚Äôs Electric Customers

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    The City of Painesville is excited to introduce a partnership with Efficiency Smart to provide energy efficiency services for Painesville Municipal Electric customers. Efficiency Smart offers several services and financial incentives designed to help residents and businesses reduce their electric use and save money.

     Painesville is expected to save approximately 2,641 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of its three-year contract period. The 2,641 MWh savings is roughly equivalent to the annual electric usage of 326 homes. In addition, Painesville is expected to reduce its summer peak by 935 kilowatts (kW). Peaks occur when electric use is at its highest, typically weekday afternoons in the summer. Reducing both electric usage and summer peak lowers costs for the City of Painesville and its electric customers.

    “Our goal is to help our customers lower their electric bills,” said Monica Irelan Dupee, Painesville City Manager. “We’re a public utility, meaning we are not for profit. We charge customers what it takes for us to run our system. The most effective way we can help our community save on their electric bills is through energy efficiency education and services. It’s a win for our customers, a win for our electrical system, and a win for our environment.”

    Efficiency Smart’s residential services include a comprehensive set of initiatives that promote sustainable efficient product use and increase energy efficiency in homes. Residential initiatives include discounts on energy-efficient lighting, rebates for energy saving appliances, and guidance on reducing electric use.

    By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy consumption and save on their electric bills. For example, a resident who:

    • Installs 10 LEDs can save approximately $40 annually
    • Recycles an older refrigerator could save up to $150 in annual electric costs
    • Manages their electric usage with an advanced thermostat could save approximately $70 in annual electric costs

    Business customers also have many ways to save energy and money. Efficiency Smart offers hands-on support, including technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies. Example projects include lighting, compressed air and HVAC.

    “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the City of Painesville,” said Sean Clement, Director of Operations for Efficiency Smart. “The city has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a very cost-effective way for communities to reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce power supply costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to working together with the city to ensure a successful partnership.”

    For more information about the energy efficiency services available for Painesville Municipal Electric visit www.efficiencysmart.org/painesville-ohio or call 877-889-3777.

  • Celebrate Earth Day by Saving Energy

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    Saturday, April 22, marks the 47th Earth Day. To celebrate, Efficiency Smart offers the following tips to increase your home’s comfort in the warmer months while also saving energy and money:

     

    • Enjoy the fresh air: Open windows during milder spring temperatures and during cooler summer nights. This can help naturally cool your home without having to switch on your air conditioner. Just remember to shut the windows when it is time to use air conditioning.

     

    • Let the sun shine: Let the sun light your home naturally during daylight hours in the spring.

     

    • Light the night efficiently: Replace incandescent lightbulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs. Not only will this save on lighting costs, but it can also reduce extra heat in your home. Only 10 to 15 percent of electricity consumed by incandescent bulbs results in light, the rest produces heat and will make your air conditioner work harder.

     

    • Seal air leaks and gaps: Caulking and weatherstripping your home are two simple and cost-effective air-sealing techniques that offer a quick return on investment. This can help keep conditioned air from leaking out, and keep warm air from leaking in.

     

    • Don’t forget the simple stuff: Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Use an advanced power strip to help turn off multiple devices that aren’t in use at once.

     

    • Advance savings on air conditioning: Raise the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away from home for more than a couple hours to save on cooling costs and consider purchasing an advanced thermostat. These thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature based on outside weather conditions and your schedule, and you can also adjust them remotely. 

     

    • Grill out: Take advantage of the warmer weather and use an outdoor grill instead of an indoor oven. This will help keep the heat out of your home.

     

    • Be a fan of fans: Save on your air conditioning costs while keeping the same level of comfort by using your ceiling fan and raising the thermostat around four degrees. Make sure to turn off the ceiling fans when you leave, as fans cool people, and not rooms.  

     

    • April showers keeping you indoors: Watch movies more efficiently using a computer or DVD player. Game consoles use up to 24 times the power of DVD players and up to seven times more than Blu-Ray players. Streaming online video through a game console can also use up to ten times more energy than other devices, according to ENERGY STAR.
    • Spring clean around your home: Cut your energy costs by getting better performance from your appliances.

    - Clean dust from under your fridge and any exposed coils at the back

    - Clear lint from the exhaust hose and filter of your clothes dryer

    - Dust the bathroom ceiling fan covers and fan blades

    - Take a look outside for any accessible exterior vents and clear them of any dust, webs, leaves or lint

    - If needed, change your furnace filter one last time so you’ll be ready for summer air conditioning

    - Make sure your air vents are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes so your home can be cooled efficiently

    • Watch your savings bloom: If it is time to replace your existing appliances, consider purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products to save on energy costs. Efficiency Smart offers rebates on qualified products to help participating customers save even more money.

     

    For information about services and financial incentives available to customers of municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call 877-889-3777.

  • Tips to Save Energy in Honor of Energy Efficiency Day

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    October 5 marks the second annual Energy Efficiency Day, a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, business, utilities, and individuals working to promote energy efficiency. In honor of Energy Efficiency Day, Efficiency Smart offers the following tips to help residents and businesses save energy and money.

     

    Five Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

     

    • Make the Switch to LEDs: You can save approximately nine percent of your home’s annual energy costs by switching five of your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs. Ready to make the switch? Join the lightbulb challenge online at www.energyefficiencyday.org/light-bulb-challenge
    • Seal Leaks: You can save up to 20 percent on heating costs by caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors.
    • Heat Efficiently: Don’t waste money heating or cooling an empty home. Install an advanced thermostat, which can automatically adjust your home’s heat to lower when you are away or asleep, and increase it when you are returning home or after you wake up.
    • Maintain your HVAC System: Clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm and costing you more money.
    • Look for the Energy Star Label: Available across more than 70 product categories, the ENERGY STAR label makes it easy to find products that have been independently certified to use less energy. Save even more with Efficiency Smart’s residential product rebates.

     

    Five Ways to Save Energy in Your Business

     

    • Light Your Facility Efficiently: Many lighting upgrades can pay for themselves in energy savings within two years. Consider switching to LEDs and using lighting sensors that automatically turn off lights in infrequently used rooms. Ready to upgrade? Join the office lighting challenge: www.energyefficiencyday.org/office-lighting-challenge
    • Upgrade HVAC Systems: Upgrading to higher efficiency heating, cooling and air conditioning systems (HVAC) can lead to significant energy savings. There are many ways to avoid an upfront investment, such as hiring an energy service company or financing.  
    • Building Energy Control System: Properly manage temperatures in your facility by zone, based on activity in the building. This can help save energy by not heating areas that are empty.
    • Follow the Four Ts: Facility managers can follow the 4Ts when developing an effective energy efficiency strategy.
      • Turn off equipment that is not in use
      • Turn down thermostats, water heaters, and light levels during unoccupied hours
      • Tune up equipment to ensure it is operating efficiently
      • Tear out old equipment and replace it as a last resort
    • Contact an Efficiency Smart Energy Consultant: Efficiency Smart’s energy engineers can help identify energy savings projects and provide cost-benefit analysis to help prioritize potential energy efficiency improvements. Financial incentives are available for eligible energy efficiency projects. This service is available at no cost to businesses in participating communities.

     

    Efficiency Smart offers business and residential energy efficiency services to customers of participating municipal electric systems. More information about the services and financial incentives available through Efficiency Smart can be found at www.efficiencysmart.org or by calling 877-889-3777.

     

    To learn more about Energy Efficiency Day, visit www.energyefficiencyday.org  

  • Energy Efficiency Tips for the Spring and Summer

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    Energy Efficiency Tips for the Spring and Summer

    Efficiency Smart offers the following tips that can increase your home’s comfort in the warmer months while also saving you energy and money.

    • Simple savings: The easiest way to save energy is to turn off lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Use an advanced power strip to control multiple appliances at once.
    • Seal air leaks and gaps: Caulking and weatherstripping your home are two cost-effective air-sealing techniques that can offer a quick return on your investment. Sealing can help keep conditioned air from leaking out.
    • Check your water heater: Reduce your water heater to a safe and comfortable temperature to save energy and money. Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140 degrees, you can reduce this to 130 degrees.
    • Take in the breeze: Open windows during milder spring temperatures and during cooler summer nights. This can help naturally cool your home without having to switch on your air conditioner. Just remember to shut the windows if you need to use air conditioning.
    • Light your home efficiently: Use natural light in your home when possible. When lights are needed, consider using ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs instead of incandescent lights. Only 10 to 15 percent of electricity consumed by incandescent bulbs results in light, the rest produces heat and will make your air conditioner work harder.
    • Save on air conditioning: Raise the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away from home for more than a couple hours to save on cooling costs, or consider purchasing an advanced thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature based on outside weather conditions and your schedule.
    • Be a fan of fans: Reduce your air conditioning costs while keeping the same level of comfort by using your ceiling fan and raising the thermostat around four degrees. Make sure to turn off the ceiling fans when you leave, as fans cool people, not rooms.
    • Watch your savings bloom: If it is time to replace your existing appliances, consider purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products to save on energy costs. Efficiency Smart offers rebates on qualified products to help participating customers save even more more.
    • Spring clean around your home: Cut your energy costs by getting better performance from your appliances.  Clean dust from under your fridge and any exposed coils at the back. Clear lint from the exhaust hose and the filter of your clothes dryer. Dust bathroom ceiling fan covers and fan blades. Take a look outside for any accessible exterior vents and clear them of any dust, webs, leaves or lint. Change your air filter, as a clogged air filter will make your system work harder to cool your home. Make sure your air vents are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes so your home can be cooled efficiently

    For information about services and financial incentives available to customers of municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call 877-889-3777.

     

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    Efficiency Smart helps residents, businesses and communities use less energy and save money through energy efficiency services. Since its launch in 2011, it has served more than 50 communities in multiple states. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Operations are based in Columbus, Ohio.