Promoting Sustainability in East Jefferson County, WA
Most people know how much they spend on their home energy bill each month, but they don’t know how that energy is being used. In order to develop a plan for reducing energy use, you must first have a basic idea of where it is being consumed.
One approach to determining how energy is used in your home can be found on the Saving Electricity Web Site. Energy professionals can also do an energy audit of your home. Jefferson County PUD (JPUD) is compiling a list of these professionals.
Once you have an idea of how energy is used your home, you can take action to reduce energy use. There are 2 main strategies:
The JeffersonCAN website has a number of great resources for calculating your carbon footprint, videos on home audits, and weatherizing your home. And JPUD has a home energy rebate program to incentivize you to invest in some of these energy-saving ideas. Also, see Financing Resources for Energy Projects_revA.
Reducing energy in commercial properties depends on the building use. For example, office buildings are operated differently from schools or hospitals. Professional firms exist that specialize in commercial building audits and recommending capital improvements to reduce energy bills. If you are a business owner, you can start with the Business Resource Guide.
According to Brian Goldstein, former Resource Conservation Manager of Jefferson County, these are the top 5 no-cost/low-cost ideas for saving energy in your building:
The JPUD has a commercial rebate program to help incentivize your business to invest in capital improvements. Please contact them for more information.
Abundant resources are available to assist in energy conservation: