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Energy Conservation

Massena Electric is committed to a better environment and a better community.  Conserving energy is one way we can all help ourselves, through lower bills, and the environment, by reducing our reliance on electricity produced by oil and coal.  Roughly 75% of the energy Massena Electric’s distributes comes from renewable resources.  Conserving energy, and using the energy you must use more efficiently, will increase the percent of renewable energy Massena Electric distributes.

Massena Electric also believes energy conservation is something we all can, and should do, and has taken many steps to promote energy conservation.  Over the last 5 years Massena Electric has given out more 900 trees to our customers to help conserve energy and beautify our community.  During that time Massena Electric has also received recognition annually from the National Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Line USA” utility.  “Tree Line USA” is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and recognizes public and private utilities across the nation that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests. Utilities that meet the three requirements of this program (Quality Tree Care, Annual Worker Training and Tree Planting and Public Education) are publicly recognized for their contribution to better community forests. For Massena Electric it is a reflection on the organizations commitment to the community and to the environment that we are very proud to have.

Here are some additional steps you can due as a consumer to reduce your electric bill, but also help conserve Energy:

  • Reduce Energy Consumption During Peak Hours

The highest usage hours of the day are between 4pm and 8pm, which are also the most costly hours of the day for Massena Electric to purchase power.   So please:

·         Shift household chores and activities away from peak periods. Wait to run your dishwasher, or dryer, until after 8:00pm, for instance.

·         Use the most energy efficient appliances you have. Your microwave oven, for example, uses considerably less energy than your stove or cook top (chart).

  • Buy Smart

When buying a new appliance, make sure you get a highly efficient one. Look for "Energy Star" label when you're evaluating different models 

  • Use Energy Efficiently

·         Turn off lights when not in use.  About 20% of the typical home electric bill is lighting.

·         Turn off your computer when you are done with your session

·         Turn off the TV or Radio when leaving a room

Be aware of your energy consumption, and try to get in the habit of using energy efficiently year-round.

  • Take the "Energy Star Pledge"

The Depart of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), encourages Americans to take an on-line pledge to be a part of a national campaign encouraging all Americans to join a growing community of individuals who have pledged to take small, individual steps that have thus far led to reducing 8,842,303,899 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.  The pledge asks each participant to replace one incandescent bulb or fixture in their home with one that has earned the Energy Star label.  These bulbs, that have earned the Energy Star Label, use about one-third the electricity of a comparable incandescent bulb.  They are more expensive, but they will save you in the long run because they last longer and use less energy.

The pledge also asks participants to do even more to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Additional steps participants can take include:

·        improving their heating and cooling systems to run more efficiently
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turning down their thermostats while away from home and when asleep
·       
seal leaks in duct systems
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ensure that their home is well insulated
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choose ENERGY STAR approved appliances, electronics and home office equipment
·       
recycle old refrigerators

For more information visit: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=globalwarming.showPledgeHome

Use the energy you need, but use it wisely! You will help Massena Electric avoid purchasing more expensive power - and that, in turn, will help keep your electric rates stable.

Some additional great ideas on Home Energy Conservation can be found at:

Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
            (http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/)

Alliance to Save Energy
           
(www.ase.org)

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
            (www.aceee.org/consumerguide/)

 

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Massena, New York 13662 - 0209
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