Archive for March, 2012

Energy Savings Tip – Let the Sun Shine In

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Energy Currents

Energy Savings Tip – Let the Sun Shine In

Spring has arrived and as the days become longer, consider opening the curtains in your home to let in more natural light for indoor illumination. This is an especially useful tip if you haven’t yet had the chance to make the switch from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lighting. Since nearly 90% of the electricity incandescent bulbs consume is turned into heat, leaving your lights off during the day can mean less work for your cooling system.

Don’t forget about those warm spring breezes. Throw open your windows to take advantage of natural cooling rather than using your air conditioner. You can also use that breeze to dry clothes in the sunshine rather than in your dryer.

Energy Price Projection – Spring 2012

Natural Gas prices remain low with signs of an upswing in April. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects electric generation from natural gas to increase by nearly 9%. As electric generation by coal continues to decline.

Rising gasoline prices are an annual spring ritual, largely because of seasonal demand. This year’s earlier-than-usual run-up is more about anticipation than current supply and demand. Continued tensions with Iran have experts predicting the price of regular gas to be at $4.25 by the end of the month.

The members of the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative with contracts ending in 2012 and 2013 are being contracted to extend the contracts to 2016 at rates equal to or lower than the current contract. Call the Chamber for additional details while market rates are still low.

Energy Currents is prepared by CQI Associates, Energy and Environmental Management Consultants to the Chamber. For additional customer support or information, contract Melissa Anderson, Managing Principal at 410-740-0667 or by email at melissa@cqiassociates.com

 

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Energy Savings Tip – Replacing Your Your Air Filters Monthly Saves 5%

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Energy Savings Tip – Replacing Air Filters Monthly Saves 5%

An important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your heating and heat pump systems at home and work is to routinely replace or clean filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal air flow and reduce a system’s energy efficiency. With normal air flow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the heating coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Keeping the filter clean can lower your annual energy consumption by 5%.

Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your system’s filter or filters every month. The cost of the filter and a few minutes of your time monthly will result in a payback of the annual investment within three to four months.

Energy Price Projection – March 2012

Natural Gas pricing is at a twelve year low. The reason is the slow economic growth and a mild winter. Storage is at record highs and production has not been stopped in order for the drillers to keep well lease rights in place. The secondary result is electricity prices are also at record lows.

Gasoline and fossil fuels are just the opposite. USA Today reported “gasoline prices are the highest for this time of the year” and could go over $4.00 per gallon in April 2012. With tensions continuing to rise in the Middle East, natural gas and electricity pricing could be impacted by mid-summer 2012.

The members of the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative with contracts ending in 2012 and 2013 are being contracted to extend the contracts to 2016 at rates equal to or lower than the current contract. Call the Chamber for additional details while market rates are still low.

Energy Currents is prepared by CQI Associates, Energy and Environmental Management Consultants to the Chamber. For additional customer support or information contract Melissa Anderson, Managing Principal at 410-740-0667 or by email at melissa@cqiassociates.com.

 

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