Did you know that the average home or small business building has so many small air leaks that they amount to leaving a door or large window wide open? Well, it’s time to close that window or door and start saving some serious cash as well.
There is help available to solve the energy waste and equipment problems for comfort and great financial savings. The New Jersey Clean Energy Program, sponsored by the Board of Public Utilities, has Direct Install for small to midsized commercial, industrial and local government buildings. Also, Home Improvement with Energy Star offers relief for residences.
In addition to generally free energy audits and inspections to identify problems, longterm deep savings of up to 70% can be realized for improvements in insulation, furnaces, heat pumps, water heaters, air conditioners, washers, dryers, refrigerators and more. Renewable energy equipment such as solar and geothermal installations are made more attainable.
Large-scale renewables such as utility-grade solar, wind, water power and bio methane can be supported through the Clean Power Choice utility-bill option. Upgrading lighting to LED fixtures offers more easily reached savings. Electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure to support them in many locations are also part of the wave of the future.
To this end, there will be a power-packed forum for business people, commercial building owners, homeowners, elected officials, environmental leaders and other interested folks. This forum, “Sharing Positive Energy,” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21 , from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance building, 841 12th St., Hammonton.
Light refreshments and a tour of the energy-efficient building will be available. Speakers from across the state will address a variety of energy topics. Case studies from people who have gone through this process will be discussed and many answers can be asked and answered. The event is free to the general public, but an RSVP is required to attend. Call Amy at 272-6934.
See you there; and let’s get busy picking the “Low Hanging Fruit” of energy savings while saving money.
Go Green Galloway is a volunteer organization dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of Galloway through the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation, environmental education and the implementation of sustainable practices. We always welcome new volunteer members. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mary at 609-742-7076. Also be sure to “Like” our Facebook page.