Calculate your energy usage in the three energy areas: heating,
electricity, and transportation. Chart it on paper. Involve staff
members or members of your family. How much does your business or your
home spend monthly and annually on space heating, electricity and fuel
for your vehicles? How much do you spend per kilowatt-hour, gallon, and
mcf (natural gas)? Which energy do you spend the most on? The least?
Once you have identified your usage, we recommend beginning with energy efficiency and energy conservation measures. We know this is not as
exciting as solar panels or making your own fuel. We know insulation
isn't nearly as easy to brag about as a geothermal heat pump. . .but it
is the place to start without a doubt. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) claims
you can knock 20% off your usage with simple no cost/low cost
solutions. Check out the DOE's Energy Saver website for useful tips!
Next: Planning for Renewables
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