With energy costs and
environmental concerns rising side by side, trying to use green energy sources
and promoting overall energy conservation are no-brainers. In some cases, this
might require some moderate sacrifice when it comes to conveniences, such as turning
lights off every time you leave the room, or unplugging small devices (such as
coffee makers) when they’re not in use. But often, the biggest savings require
almost no lifestyle changes whatsoever. Here are three such ways to help the
planet and lower your monthly bills:
Get a Programmable Thermostat
can contribute to a 10% annual savings on heating and cooling costs in the
average household -- without you having to sacrifice any comfort when you’re at
home. These thermostats -- most of which are easy enough to install by yourself
-- can hold multiple profiles, so you won’t even have to make manual changes
based on whether it’s a weekday (when no one is home for quite a few hours in
the middle of the day) or a weekend (when you might want it a little warmer or
cooler to keep it comfortable all day long).
If you really want the
latest in technical improvements, you can even get a thermostat that connects
to your smartphone. This will allow you to make adjustments to your preset
profiles no matter where you are.
Buy New Appliances
If you’ve been trying to
save money by getting along with your old appliances, your efforts may actually
be counterproductive: The average refrigerator sold today costs 60% less than
its 1975 counterpart and uses 75% less energy. That means a moderate investment
can save you big time on your electricity bill. And as a bonus, today’s
refrigerators have about 20% more capacity, on average, which can allow you to
get rid of that extra fridge or freezer.
Utilize Green Energy
You may be living in a
deregulated energy market and not even know it. You may even be wondering what
energy deregulation is. Essentially, deregulation has divided the production of
energy from the distribution of energy, breaking up utility company monopolies.
This means you can choose from alternative electricity suppliers even though
your utility company stays the same.
Often, these alternative
companies focus on renewable energy sources, so you may be able to make better choices
about where your electricity comes from and promote green energy without any
noticeable difference in your service. Contact your electricity provider to
find out what options may be available for you.
About Starion Energy
Starion is a licensed electricity and gas supplier in the deregulated energy market since September 2009. Energy deregulation gives consumers the choice of an alternative electric supplier and determines the rates and terms at which they purchase electric generation services. Starion services markets in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Starion is strategically positioned for continued growth in new markets for years to come.
For more information about Starion Energy, Inc., visit www.starionenergy.com