ENERGY

EQ Challenge

The Hopewell Township Environmental Commission has developed the Energy Tracker in alliance with ANJEC and the BPU of NJ.  Go to their website to find tools to monitor home electricity usage, conserve energy, and save money.  And while you’re there, sign up to join the EQ Challenge. http://www.townsurvey.com/Hopewell/checklogintest.php

TAKE THE CHALLENGE & REDUCE YOUR ENERGY USE!

Here’s how to start….
Change to Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs)
• Get good deals at: www.njcleanenergy.com/shopnow

Turn Off Appliances That Aren’t In Use
• Borrow a Kill-o-watt meter from the Library to find your electricity vampires

Use Less Water
www.wateruseitwisely.com

Heat & Cool Your Home Smartly
• Use a Programmable Thermostat
• Keep your house 2 degrees colder in the winter & 2 degrees warmer in the summer
• Clean all the filters

Replace Old Appliances with Energy Star Equipment (and get rebates)
http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/home/home

Wash Clothes in Cold Water (as much as possible) & Air Dry Some of Your Clothes

Seal Up Air Leaks
• Caulk & Weatherstrip
• Upgrade Your Old Windows

Get A Home Energy Assessment
• Call 1-866-NJSMART

HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENTS

GET A HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENT It’s easy as 1, 2, 3

Step 1: Call 1-866-NJSMART
They will schedule an inspection of your home that includes combustion tests on your furnace and hot water heater, and a report comparing your home to state averages and recommending energy efficiency improvements.
Step 2:  Call an approved ENERGY STAR Contractor & they’ll send out a team to seal up all those little leaks in your attic and basement.  There’s no charge for this!
Step 3:  Pick some of the recommended efficiency improvements and do those, too.  You’ll be sure to save money on your utility bills this winter, and you may qualify for some generous state rebates!