Tracking Energy Use in Northeast Central Durham

February 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

Tracking her online electricity bills helped Aidil Collins achieve serious energy savings.

Aidil Collins has made a lot of changes around her house, and her electricity bill shows it.

By making low-cost changes around her house, she was able to significantly reduce her energy bills. In the fall of 2007, she switched her traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL light bulbs. Comparing her energy bills between winter 2007 and winter 2008 (she uses the most indoor light during the darker and colder winter months) shows serious savings. Last summer, she installed a digital thermostat to help regulate air conditioning.

Now, when she compares her electricity bills from before and after installing the thermostat, she sees major differences. In June 2009 alone, she shaved nearly 700 kilowatt hours as compared to June of the previous year. Aidil also learned that plugging some appliances into power strips instead of the wall saved a lot of energy.

There’s still more work to do. Aidil’s roommate runs fans during the day, and she’s hoping that showing him charts of their energy use will help him understand that his actions do make a difference. Aidil is interested in teaching her neighbors about the electricity they can save by using power strips, and would like to work with her neighbors to get power strips donated for distribution around her neighborhood.

Aidil made smart changes based on information she gained from tracking her energy use; as she said, “Awareness is empowering!”

Entry filed under: Northeast Central Durham (NECD).

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