Bring Home the Trophy This Football Season!

With some ENERGY Savings touch down tips! 

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BLOCK energy wasters head on this football season with caulk and weather stripping to prevent air leaks!

KICK OFF the heating season with a new furnance filter and replace it monthly.

BLITZ your heating plan! Install a new programmable thermostat, and set it to automatically lower the temperature when your offence is away.

Grand Haven Board of Light & Power offers customer incentives on Energy Star appliances and LED lightbulbs. Go to mienergysmart.com for application and rebate information.

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Top Five Energy Efficiency Gift Ideas

Giving gifts during the holiday season has long been a way to show loved ones that you care. However, trying to figure out what to gifts to buy for certain people can be quite a difficult task. One thing everybody seems to like is saving money. The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power suggests giving your friends, family, and the environment a gift that keeps on giving this holiday season with some fun ideas that will help the recipient be more energy efficient.

“While most people might not immediately think about energy efficiency while shopping for gifts, it’s a practical gift idea that helps your loved one save energy and money at the same time,” says Renee Molyneux, Administrative Services Manager from the BLP.

Below are the Energy Education Council’s top five energy efficiency gift ideas for 2015.

        Smart Power Strip with Motion Sensor: Take energy efficiency to the next level with a smart power strip that comes with a motion sensing detector, which automatically turns the power on when you enter the room. It can also automatically turn off peripheral devices after a set amount of time after leaving the area. If you are looking for something a little less pricy, try a single outlet motion sensor for similar results.

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        Thermal Leak Detector: Set your phasors to stun with this point-and-shoot, hand-held device that measures surface temperatures so that you can pinpoint air leaks in your home. Identifying these leaks and then sealing them with weather stripping or caulk and improving insulation can help homeowners save on their energy bills.

       Portable Solar Battery Bank: A portable solar charger is a great gift for travelers, campers, and hikers. The device is able to charge a cell phone on the go, whether a person is in the car or in the wilderness. Device size varies on intended use. Some are the size of a cell phone, while others are the size of a small backpack.

        Smart LED Light Bulb: One of these energy efficient LED lights can be controlled from the palm of your hand with your smartphone device. Control features often include brightness, scheduling, and more. It can provide endless fun for gadget enthusiasts and help them save money at the same time. Choose from a variety of brands with additional features — from various color options to a built-in bluetooth speaker.

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        Whole House Energy Monitor: If you are looking for that one blockbuster gift, look no further. Some of these systems can monitor your entire home’s energy usage in real time and give you unparalleled control over how you use energy. Information can be sent directly to your computer or smartphone and is stored so you can see long-term usage data.

These are just a few of the energy efficient gift options available. Whatever gifts you decide on, if you are shopping for electronic appliances, be sure to look for the yellow Energy Star label. It can help you estimate the operating cost of a specific appliance, as well as similar models. Plus, Energy Star rated appliances are tested and approved to meet or exceed government efficiency standards.

The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power wishes you a BRIGHT and safe holiday season. Visit EnergyEdCouncil.org to learn more about the safe and smart use of energy. View more energy savings gift ideas from Energy.gov.

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October is the time to discover where your Energy Vampires are hiding in your home!

You may be surprised to discover that many appliances use energy and cost you money — even after you have turned them off. An array of household appliances often referred to as energy vampires, which include everything from microwave ovens to phone chargers, can continue to leech power from your home even while they are in standby mode. The Energy Education Council shares information to help consumers identify and tame these vampires.

According to J.M. Burgett in the March 2015 issue of theJournal of Energy Research and Social Science, among some of the worst culprits are digital video recorders at 27 watts, cable boxes (with no built-in DVR) at 15 watts, and wireless routers at 6 watts. These numbers represent how much energy is expended in standby wattage per hour. It is easy to see how just a handful of appliances, even on standby mode, can end up costing upwards of around $100 annually.

Some other common household energy vampires include:

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With the average American household owning 25 consumer electronic devices, you can begin to see how these phantom loads can translate into a significant chunk of your energy bill. You don’t have to succumb, though, as there are several simple and convenient strategies that will help you drive a stake through these energy vampires from Energy.gov:

  • Unplug devices you don’t use often. This probably won’t work for your cable box or clock radio, but if you have an extra TV, an old desktop computer or a stereo you only use from time to time, you should consider unplugging them completely until the next time you need to use them.
  • Use power strips. Power strips allow you to toggle the power flow on and off. This will allow you to control the power usage of clusters of devices so that they’re not consuming electricity when you’re not around. Using a light switch that turns power outlets on and off accomplishes the same end, if you have one in your home.
  • Curb idle time in devices such as computers and video game consoles. Simply setting your computer to sleep mode or saving a game and powering down instead of leaving it paused for a prolonged period can actually save more than $100 a year in many cases.
  • Make smart upgrades. When it comes time to send your old devices to the graveyard, you should also consider replacing them with ENERGY STAR devices. They have a lower standby consumption than your average device and generally use less energy in all their functions – a savings you should take into account when comparing similar products. Grand Haven Board of Light & Power customers earn incentives and save on your electric bill with these energy efficient upgrades! To find the rebate application go to mienergysmart.com Want to get rid of an old refrigerator or freezer for a $60 REBATE? Go to mienergysmart.com for the application form. Read Your step-by-step Guide to Energy Smart Savings from the BLP. None of these strategies will eliminate your electric bill entirely says energy.gov, but together these tricks can help you slay energy vampires while saving money, a treat you can appreciate long after Halloween has passed. Read the whole article @ Energy.gov article Are Energy Vampires Sucking You Dry?Source: Electrical Safety Foundation and Energy.gov for these energy savings tips.