"Communication is the Tool, Knowledge is the Power, Implementation is the Victory"
L. J. Williams 2007
Since some companies just want to sell us more of their product, not less, we at EHW don't want our readers to expect that EHW is only teaching just an energy saving tip or two on this web site...
Everyone can learn what energy saving action will work best for them and deal with their house's specific situations. Readers will discover that there can be over one hundred energy saving steps that may apply to a specific energy consumption in order to save the maximum.
However, please don't expect to do one magical step that will lower our energy bills significantly. The only real way to achieve maximum savings is by determining which actions are best for us and spending the time to implement them. In most cases once we identify one action that will offer us a substantial savings, the only way to accomplish that action is by doing two other actions that are prerequisites for the first action.
For example, making an energy saving change on our heating system probably means we have to address our Domestic Hot Water (the water we drink, shower, and cook with) and how we make that water hot. Also we will need to review and probably address the insulation level in our attic and walls.
For Example: Here is an energy saving change for an Oil fired heating system... Install a Cold Start Boiler control panel - Many homeowners never-ever heard about this action - Wonder why?
Payback is usually in one winter if we are also able to change our Aquastat so our system no longer maintains temperature. This way, savings in heating can be around 33% if all this applies to our house. What does all this mean and what we need to know will be explained at EHW. Overall our Payback can be within two years after implementing this and all prerequisite actions.
We will determine what energy saving actions presented throughout this web site will be worth implementing. Several actions will have paybacks within months. Most actions will offer a percent return so that our payback will be less than two years. Some actions will have less than a three year return on our investment and a few actions will pay for themselves between three and five years. We usually don't recommend actions that take longer than three years, unless there are other justifications besides saving energy. After all, it is nice to have a monthly savings on our utility bill that will reimburse us for the cost to implement the energy saving actions, such as buying a new refrigerator.
So what is the bottom line? We thank you for visiting and we invite everyone to become more energy independent! This will take some work on everyone's part, but at least we will learn facts about energy topics from our basement to our attic and no longer feel intimidated or overwhelm.
Updated Blog Post - Article on EnergyHotwire.com to GoingTrueGreen.com Blog
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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