Spreading the faith of energy efficiency

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We arrived late to the BACA meeting last week, only to arrive while one of the speakers was already into her presentation. The speaker, according to the agenda, was Pamela Nelson of the Office of the People's Counsel speaking about energy efficiency with the intensity of a missionary.
Not loud, but with true faith in how taking a few steps will bring you to energy efficiency salvation. There is a free energy audit she was encouraging those present to check out saying that the turn around time is quicker now than before. Sadly, I don't have a link for who is offering these free audits. Change out your incandescent bulbs for CFLs and LEDs. At that point I leaned over to the Help to note that we are already doing that. Only one of our kitchen lights is not a LED light, and the rest of the floor is a mix of CFLs and LEDs.
The Help has been converted to this new thinking. Before his feelings about energy saving efforts have been tepid or semi-disinterested. Now he has taken Ms. Nelson's tips to heart and has gone out and bought those little foam outlet thingies an other winterizing stuff from Home Depot. We are filling the empty parts of our refrigerator with containers tap water to keep it full so it doesn't have to work as hard. We may find a container to put into the tank of one of the toilets to conserve water, there used to be one in there.
A bunch of the other small steps to being energy efficient I already had in place before the Help arrived. The faucet already aerates. The hot water tank is set on low. I installed a programmable thermostat and put door winterizing stuff along the doors.
The steps are small but it adds up when you are looking at your Pepco bill. Also those CFLs and LEDs don't go out as quick when you have a brownout.

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