Summer is officially in full swing! For energy providers, the arrival of summer signals an increase in homeowners’ energy and water use. Consumers are often unaware of some of the simple things they can do to save energy and water, thereby reducing utility bills.
To help with consumer education, we have developed a Summer Weather Checklist. The checklist contains simple tips to help persuade consumers to use less energy and water.
Highlights of the Checklist
The checklist covers the basic steps to take in order to limit unnecessary energy and water use in the summer. To limit energy use, simple changes like replacing inefficient light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs; using programmable devices, occupancy sensors, and usage monitors; and properly sealing open areas can lead to big savings.
For reductions in water consumption, simple products including energy/water conservation kits, kitchen sink aerators, high-efficiency showerheads, and water saving accessories such as toilet tank bank can go a long way.
Perhaps most importantly, old and inefficient appliances should be replaced with newer, energy-efficient appliances. Consumers should be well aware of any incentives available to reduce the upfront cost of purchasing energy-efficient appliances in their jurisdiction.
Small Steps, Big Impacts
It is important to remind customers that small changes in the way they use appliances can also have a significant impact. Taking shorter showers, turning off lights and A/C in unoccupied rooms, and turning the thermostat up a few degrees in the summer are all good ways to eliminate waste and reduce utility bills.
While these small changes in behavior are effective, there are products on the market that can make it a little easier for home dwellers to achieve big reductions. Sensors or timers are good options to ensure that outdoor lights are not left on during the day; sensors could also be applied indoors to help those that forget to turn off the lights when leaving the room. Finally, electricity use monitors can be applied to help users get insights into their energy consumption habits, making it easier to identify inefficiencies.
In the end, consumer education is key: if utility customers are aware of the simple things that can be done to tangibly reduce their energy and water costs, they are more likely to take action.
Download our checklist now to get started!