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Energy Conservation

Conserving energy is the wise way to live.  With energy prices rising and the conern over enviromental impact, using less electricty is the standard.  We at Moorhead Public Service (MPS) have adopted this idea and made it a large part of our operations.

Moorhead Public Service (MPS) is partnering with one of our energy suppliers to bring you Bright Energy Solutions®, a set of programs designed to help you reduce your electrical energy usage.  Look for education pieces throughout the year that will bring you tips and programs designed for both our residential and commerical customers.

Bright Energy Solutions®

Bright Energy Solutions® is a unique portfolio of energy efficiency cash incentive programs that will help you reduce your electric energy costs and operate more efficiently. Once the energy efficient equipment is installed, you'll continue to enjoy the energy savings well into the future. Take advantage of these incentives today!  Contact Dennis Eisenbraun, MPS' Energy Services Manager.

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www.brightenergysolutions.com

Minnesota Office of Energy Security

...Working to move Minnesota toward a sustainable energy future, managing energy assistance funds, advocating in the public interest on energy utility rates and facility siting. We provide information and assistance to residents, builders, utilities, non-profits and policy-makers on home improvements, financial assistance, renewable technologies, policy initiatives, and utility regulations.

This office is a great resource for funding your energy effiency improvements.  Click Here for Contact Information.

Energy Conservation In Your Home:



Online Efficiency References

The following references were taken from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Savers Booklet. The DOE has created a couple websites that will assist the public in making their homes more energy efficient:

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[eere.energy.gov]

doe_energystar
[energystar.gov]

 

 
Home Energy Audits

Your first step to taking a whole-house energy efficiency approach is to find out which parts of your house use the most energy. A home energy audit will show you where these are and suggest the most effective measures for reducing your energy costs.

 

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Heating Your Home

home-heating-thermostatNo matter what kind of heating system you have in your house, you can save money by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, weatherization, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy bills and your pollution output in half.

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Appliances

Appliances account for about 20% of your household's energy consumption, with refrigerators and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list. When you're shopping for appliances, you can think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price - think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You'll be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance.

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Windows

Natural sunlight  in our homes can give us warmth and light, but it can also dramatically impact the energy effciency of our homes.

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Phantom Loads

Phantom loads sound a little scary, and it is scary once you realize how much money they are stealing from you.

What are Phantom Loads?

A more appropriate term for phantom loads would be stand-by power. Most electrical devices never actually turn off completely. Because these devices never fully turn off, they continue to draw power, even in stand-by.

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Lighting
Increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the fastest ways to decrease your energy bills. If you replace 25% of your lights in high-use areas with fluorescents, you can save about 50% of your lighting energy bill.
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Cooling Your Home

A bigger air-conditioning unit won't necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, an air conditioner that's too big for the area it is supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit. This is because air conditioners work better if they run for relatively long periods of time than if they are continually switched off and on. Longer run times allow air conditioners to maintain a more constant room temperature. Running longer also allows them to remove a larger amount of moisture from the air, which lower humidity and, more importantly, makes you feel more comfortable.

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Water Heating

Water heating is the third largest expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 14% of your utility bill. There are four ways to cut your water heating bills: use less water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, and buy a new, more efficient water heater.

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Insulation and Weatherization

Checking your home's insulating system is one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to use a whole-house approach to reduce energy waste and maximize your energy dollars. A good insulating system includes a combination of products and construction techniques that provide a home with thermal performance, protect it against air infiltration, and control moisture. You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing your heating and cooling needs by up to 30% by investing just a few hundred dollars in proper insulation and weatherization products.

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