March Green Article: North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation

logo image formatWhat only costs $4 a month and promotes cleaner, greener energy — Green Power Switch!

The Green Power Switch program is a partnership between North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (NGEMC) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Its purpose is simple: to support renewable energy through resources such as the wind, solar, and biomass.

A typical solar panel provides an average output of 150 kWh per month, per year. The average home in northwest Georgia uses about 1500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month.

North Georgia EMC residential customers can buy Green Power in 150 kWh blocks. Each block adds $4 to the customer’s monthly power bill.  Customers may purchase as many blocks as they like. Keep in mind, this cost won’t change your monthly usage, it will be an addition to support green generation. Commercial and industrial customers can purchase Green Power as well. The only difference for these customers is the amount purchased is based on the total amount of electricity they use.

So, just why does Green Power cost a little more? Because while renewable resources like sunlight and wind are free, the technology used to capture the energy these resources produce is still more expensive than traditional power generation methods. By choosing to pay a little more for Green Power Switch, you help advance the technology and increase the amount of electricity generated from cleaner sources.

Joining the Green Power Switch is easy – as easy as flipping a light switch! Simply log on to http://www.ngemc.com or call your local North Georgia EMC at 706-259-9441.

Going green with Green Power Switch fosters positive relationships between the electricity we need to run our households and businesses with the environment we want to nurture.

Energy Savings Tips

  1. Be a good steward of your energy dollars – turn off lights, televisions and other appliances when they are not in use.
  1. It’s important to fill your clothes washer and dishwasher for each use. Full loads are most efficient.
  1. Replace incandescent bulbs with LED and CFLs throughout your home – they use 80% less energy and last 10 times longer.
  1. In the winter, lower temperatures in your home to around 68 degrees. In the summer, keep air conditioning set at 78 degrees or above.
  1. Replacing your heat pump filter regularly will not only improve the efficiency of your unit but it can even prolong its life. As a reminder, use your electric bill as a cue to change your filter each month.
  1. Do you have a room that stays colder because it is unprotected from cold winds? Try using caulk or weather-stripping to seal possible leaks around doors, windows and plumbing and wiring penetrations. To further slow bitter breezes, consider planting a windbreak of evergreen trees.
  1. If you have an electric water heater, you can save on water heating costs by installing aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads, taking shorter showers, washing clothes in cold water and lowering the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or lower.New, Awesome  Logo
  1. Cleaning time! Be sure to dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator — and use a vacuum or duster to clean it off and keep costs down.
  1. Always clean your home’s dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.
  1. It’s best to keep your freezer full at all times. The fuller the freezer, the less cold air you lose when opening the door. Thus, you will save energy dollars!
  1. Remember to unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. Many chargers draw power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into the charger.
  1. Make sure to insulate! Add insulation to your attic, crawl space and any accessible exterior walls.
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