• Energy-Saving

    Tips


    AT HOME TIPS

    From using your appliances more efficiently to monitoring your weekly energy use, there are many simple steps you can take to lower your monthly energy bill. Many of the changes you can make are inexpensive and can be done in just a few minutes or less. There are also bigger steps you can take that require more up-front investment but are well worth the savings you’ll get in return. Click on the link for tips that will help you realize savings on your energy bills and put money back in your pockets!

    AT WORK TIPS

    One of the easiest ways to increase profit is by reducing expenses. Taking steps to reduce your energy use can save your business thousands of dollars each year in lower energy bills. Some upgrades require an upfront investment and are likely to produce meaningful savings, but even simply changing attitudes in the workplace can have a huge impact. Find employees in your company that are passionate about energy efficiency, create a working group to identify changes that can be made and educate and reward participating colleagues. To enhance returns, enlist the help of a qualified energy auditor to reveal where you can reduce energy loss. There are rebates, incentives and tax breaks available to offset costs. If you are considering any major changes or capital investments in your work space, make sure you check to see if you’re eligible for a state or federal aid.

    AT SCHOOL TIPS

    The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that public schools alone spend more than $6 billion per year on energy costs. With cost-effective building upgrades, those costs can be reduced— freeing up valuable funds for other school needs. Schools are also a great place to involve students and faculty in the energy conservation process, from incorporating energy use into classroom lessons to promoting positive habits that can make a difference, like powering down computers and turning off lights each day. Many common sense habits you follow at home will help your school save energy too. Take a look at the tips and resources on this page to learn more about the changes that can add up and go a long way to reducing your school’s energy use.

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    FREE FOR TEACHERS

    Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, SOL-compliant lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!