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  1. 1. Average Energy Cost for 121 Leon St, Madison <ul><li>Gas: Monthly Average:  $33 ( 22 therms ) </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity: Monthly Average:  $29 (178 kWh) </li></ul><ul><li>Track use to see if improvements are succeeding </li></ul><ul><li>View average energy use of homes at: </li></ul><ul><li>mge.com/myaccount/averagecost </li></ul>
  2. 2. Home Heating Rating on mge.com <ul><li>Compares houses of same size and age. Rating for 121 Leon St is: </li></ul>Your Home Heating Rating is: 4.2 - Good
  3. 3. Small house <ul><li>Less than 800 sq. ft. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How was energy use reduced for this house built in 1951? <ul><li>By using easily available measures! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Set back thermostat in winter when <ul><li>sleeping or gone. Wake up to warm house with a programmable thermostat </li></ul>
  6. 6. Keep warm at night with thick comforters <ul><li>Use electric blanket when needed </li></ul><ul><li>Timer turns off electric blanket in morning </li></ul>
  7. 7. Changed to fluorescent lights <ul><li>Now available in many shapes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Few ceiling fixtures, so bought compact fluorescent torchieres <ul><li>Focus On Energy rebate for torchieres with ENERGY STAR® label </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bought compact fluorescent torchieres <ul><li>$15 Focus On Energy rebate for torchieres with ENERGY STAR® label </li></ul>
  10. 10. Change to fluorescent lights <ul><li>(paper shade hides bare bulb)‏ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Y-adaptor allows 2 bulbs inside paper shade for bright light <ul><li>Bulb on right is 20 years old, and is used several hours per day </li></ul>
  12. 12. Motion detectors on outside lights
  13. 13. Installed 95% efficient furnace <ul><li>Vents through side wall </li></ul>
  14. 14. Furnace has blower motor that saves <ul><li>about $40 per year in electricity. (ECM motor)‏ </li></ul>
  15. 15. Received rebate from Wis. Focus on Energy for efficient furnace motor
  16. 16. New showerhead uses 1.75 gallons <ul><li>per minute (vs. 2.5 GPM standard)‏ </li></ul>
  17. 17. Water-saving aerator has “trickle lever” <ul><li>Reduces flow without turning off. (No need to adjust temperature)‏ </li></ul>
  18. 18. Tested house for air leaks using <ul><li>blower door . Air leaks were only a small problem. </li></ul>Photo by The Energy Conservatory
  19. 19. Ducts are in attic. Tested for duct <ul><li>leaks to outdoors using “Duct Blaster” </li></ul>
  20. 20. Ducts are tight and already had some insulation on them <ul><li>Blew more cellulose in attic, burying ducts </li></ul>Duct buried in insulation
  21. 21. Sealed gap between ceiling diffuser <ul><li>and ceiling (ducts are in attic)‏ </li></ul>
  22. 22. Replaced electric water heater with gas water heater <ul><li>Cut water heating costs in half, carbon dioxide by two thirds </li></ul>
  23. 23. Gas tank-style water heater rated at .62 Energy Factor (E.F.)‏ <ul><li>Couldn’t do tankless heater – no room to vent the exhaust </li></ul>
  24. 24. Insulated hot and cold water pipes <ul><li>on heater. Heater came with heat traps </li></ul>
  25. 25. Water temperature reduced to <ul><li>120 degrees at the tap </li></ul>(Thermostat on a gas water heater)‏
  26. 26. Water temperature set to 120ºF. <ul><li>Saves energy and prevents scalding </li></ul>
  27. 27. Cold water wash for most loads <ul><li>Consumer magazine rated cold water detergent #3 out of 22 tested </li></ul>
  28. 28. Air dry clothes <ul><li>(after the snow melts)‏ </li></ul>
  29. 29. Borrowed portable meter from library to check refrigerator. <ul><li>Fridge was guzzler, so replaced. Cut costs by two thirds </li></ul>
  30. 30. Put computer and peripherals on power strip. Turn off power strip <ul><li>to reduce standby electric use. Otherwise some energy used even when switched “off”. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Replaced plastic dryer vent with metal vent <ul><li>Reduces drying time, prevents house fires </li></ul>Metal dryer vent cleaned annually
  32. 32. Signed up for 100% Green Power fom MGE <ul><li>According to the EPA, my 2136 kWh of Green Power per year is equivalent to 242 gallons of gasoline not used. That’s like not driving my car for seven months. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: www.epa.gov/solar/energy-resources/calculator.html </li></ul>
  33. 33. Next Steps: <ul><li>Replace electric clothes dryer with gas dryer. Reduce carbon dioxide by a factor of four, cut drying costs in half </li></ul><ul><li>Replace washer with ENERGY STAR® washer </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps insulate walls? Requires removing interior wall boards due to partial insulation. Big job. </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps insulate foundation? Requires trenching around house. Big job. </li></ul>
  34. 35. Resources: <ul><li>Energystar.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Wis. Focus On Energy 1-800-762-7077 or </li></ul><ul><li>Focusonenergy.com </li></ul><ul><li>For MGE customers, track energy use online at mge.com </li></ul>
  35. 36. <ul><li>Jonathan Beers </li></ul><ul><li>608-252-4743 work, 249-9976 home </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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