FROM BASIC TO ADVANCED
PYRAMID OF POWER CONSERVATION
EXPLANATION of the Pyramid
Our Pyramid of power is an easy to follow guide to helping you better understand as well as radically improve your energy consumption. At the base of the pyramid, you start of with the least personal investment (time and money) and as you go towards the top of the pyramid, the more of an investment will be required. If you are considering how to help lower your energy consumption, as well as save some money doing so, this pyramid is for you!
OPALCO'S SMART HUB
Cost - FREE
Opalco's Smart Hub is a wonderful resource for just starting out! It's completely free to Opalco members, and gives you a very good idea of how much power you actually use on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. It has great tools to help you understand and guide your energy consumption. For More Info Click here.
DIY Assesment guide
Cost- As much or as little as you want
The DIY Assesment Guide is a Free Publication put out by Energysaver.gov. (Which you can download here) Inside it's pages are a vast amount of different DIY techniques for conserving energy. From how to Air Seal your windows for better heat retention, down to what type of light bulbs give the best lighting as well as cost to use! This guide is a MUST HAVE for any DIY'er
OPALCO SNAP SHOT INSPECTION
Cost - $25
The Opalco Snap Shot Inspection is a simple energy inspection that will give you an professional idea of where you are at in your energy consumption. The Snap Shot inspection begins with a Building Performance Institute certified contractor inspecting your insulation, windows and doors, heating system ventilation and air quality as well as your appliances and lighting. After they are done they will prepare a report on your homes energy effciency status and potential, including prioritized recommendations for improvements to help you save money...and energy! To learn more Click here.
ENERGY SAVING APPLIANCES
Cost - $50-$300+
Appliances aren't just your blender and Coffee Maker. A lot of the Appliances we take for granted everyday are the largest power drains on our overall power consumption. Things like Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Dish Washers have the potential use use a SCARY amount of energy to operate. When buying new appliances look for the "Energy Star" Certification to see what your new appliance will use. Many new advances in technology have made newer appliances far less power hungry than their older predecessors. To find out more please Click here.
Cost - $195
The Community Energy Challenge makes achieving energy efficiency as easy as possible from start to finish. We provide each participating household and business with quality information, a full energy assessment, a customized energy action plan detailing cost-effective measures, assistance with utility and tax rebates, reliable contractors, and quality assurance. This program is open to home and business owners in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, and Island Counties. To learn more Click here.
OPALCO FUEL SWITCHING
Cost - $400-$1000+
Opalco's Fuel switching initiative invites people to switch off from their costly propane heating systems and switch to a less expencive and less power consuming clean elertric system. To learn more Click here
High EFFICIENCY Heat pumps
Cost - $600-$3000
High Efficieny Ductless Heat pumps are quite, easy to operate and consume radically less energy than traditional Heating systems. Considering that Home Heating and Cooling typically accounts for more than 70% of Energy Consumption in most homes, Ductless Heat Pumps (Sometimes called Mini-Splits) are a wonderful way to have your cake and eat it too. Get the same great indoor climate control, while spending less money per month to use it! The only downside is that they can be somewhat expensive at first. However, with all the Rebates currently available, and the long term cost savings, Ductless Heat Pumps pay for themselves in a very short amount of time! To Learn more please Click Here.