Resident. Business Owner. School. Government. Every month the electric bill comes, depending on the season that bill could be very high. What if there were a way to bring your energy bill down?
Energy management is key to reducing the amount of energy you use, whether a single building or ten. Energy management is the process of tracking the energy you use, finding opportunities to reduce the amount of energy needed, take action on those opportunities, and keep monitoring your energy. Through active energy management, you can take control of your electric bill.
The first step is to know how much energy you are using, day to day, month to month, year to year. One way to do this is to set up a free account with ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager.
The next step is to replace inefficient systems, switch out old lighting to LED bulbs, add insulation, seal windows and doors, replace equipment with ENERGYSTAR certified equipment etc. You can even have an auditor come to your home/business to identify all the areas you can save, how much they will cost, and once those energy efficiencies are made, how much you will save each year.
Energy Efficient Products – https://www.energystar.gov/products
A guide to Energy Audits – https://www.pnnl.gov/main/publications/external/technical_reports/PNNL-20956.pdf
The State of Michigan has funding opportunities for residents, businesses and communities to help reduce the overall cost of becoming energy efficient:
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Energy & Weatherization – https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_5531_62128—,00.html
Michigan Climate and Energy Office Funding Opportunities – https://www.michigan.gov/energy/0,4580,7-364-85455_85516_85523—,00.html
Each utility company is required by Michigan Law (SB438) to reduce energy waste, which can be done through a variety of measures. Each utility offers different energy assessments or audits and incentives, and depending on your utility, you may have access to:
Here in the UP these programs are either offered through the utility or through a provider:
Your utility provider can guide you through the process of making your home or business more energy efficient. Whether it’s finding out which program is right for you, setting up an audit, or locating a trusted contractor, your provider will help you every step of the way to becoming energy efficient.
Once your home/building is as efficient as possible, the next step it to pursue renewable energy. There are different options available, but the most common ones are:
Your utility provider may also offer incentives to upgrade to renewables, but there are other options as well that can help pay/finance renewable upgrades:
On-Bill financing – https://www.energy.gov/eere/slsc/bill-financing-and-repayment-programs
For businesses and communities:
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