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My Energy Journey – Week 3

By Mary Ripley on  August 3, 2017

Last week, we talked about the different kinds of light bulbs and how each one affects our home’s energy bills. I know, it’s confusing and it can be expensive, which is why I focused “Week 2” on only the lights we use the most and/or the ones my family never turns off! The biggest complaint about the new, fancy light bulbs (direct from my decorator’s mouth): “Ugh you have the new age bulbs that make the colors on your wall a different color!” You will just have to adjust to the differences and decide if you want to save money and adapt or not. I always seem to just adapt so I can pay for the decorator and probably different paint…

So where is the energy journey taking me this week? Well, it’s time to get an idea of how much energy we use compared to our neighbors. This is a quick process, I promise. First, I need to go to www.nopecinfo.org and log in to my myNOPEC account. Next, on the sidebar, click on ‘My Energy Usage’ and choose ‘Analyze Past Usage’, since I’ve already linked my natural gas and electric accounts. Next, I decide to pick the whole year as my data range. Then, I have to choose what I want to compare my data to, so I pick the average on my street.

Week 3

I get the results and WHAT?! During 7 out of 12 months, my home’s energy use is lower than the average energy use on my street. But in June, December and May, my home energy use is way higher than the average. Next, let’s see how my home does as on average compared to my entire town. Uh oh, it’s even worse when compared to the rest of my zip code. My home, on average, uses more energy than the rest of my town during 10 months of the year!

Now you see why I really needed to replace all those light bulbs? Next month, we will check back and see if I have had any savings.

In the meantime, want to see if you can “Beat Your Street”? Go to myNOPEC and view your usage today. Not a registered myNOPEC user yet? Sign up today, link your energy accounts and start watching your energy savings pile up!

Don’t forget to check back next week for information about tackling home energy audits!

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