Energy Efficiency Tips for Autumn

It's that time of year again - the leaves are changing color and temps are dropping. How can you still save on energy, you ask? Here are some energy efficiency tips for Autumn.

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Simple Tips to Save Money & Energy Around the House

No more thinking or guesswork - Here are some simple ways you can cut back on energy consumption for each room in your home - and save money while doing so!

Have you ever wondered how you can cut energy costs depending on the room you’re in? Now, we take the thinking and guessing out of it. Here are some simple ways you can cut back on energy consumption for each major room in your home.

Save Money and; Energy Around the House

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Green Living Energy Savings

Beat The Heat-With Efficient A.C. use.

Did you know 2/3 of all U.S. Households have air conditioners? Here are some tips to keep cool and keep costs down

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Understanding Your Electricity Bill

There are two parts to your electric bill - supply and delivery. But what else gets factored into it?

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Quick & Easy Fix For Those With Recessed Lighting & Looking for LED options

Do you have recessed lighting and are looking for LED lighting options? Here is a quick, easy, and inexpensive retrofit kit.

Do you have recessed lighting in your home and looking transition to LED lighting?  Here is a quick, easy  and affordable  option for you.

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Before The Power Outage. A Shopping List.

Remember Christmas of 2013? At one time or another more than 300,000 New Englanders were without power. So before the storm hits head out and collect a few things. We've got your pre-storm-pre power outage shopping list.

Do you remember what happened around Christmas of 2013? More than 200,000 of us lost power at one time or another. We don’t want to talk about the ice storm of 1998. Lets face it, across New England we see our share of power outages.

A couple of days we can handle, but going much longer can, well, be stressful. To ease the pain of a power outage, we’ve put together a pre-storm shopping list for you.

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Power Outages & Food Storage. What you need to Know.

When it comes to storing food, we’re all pretty good at it. We know the basics. When something starts to smell, throw it away. It’s common sense, right? But what about when there is a power outage for extensive periods of time…what do we do then?

When it comes to storing food, we’re all pretty good at it. We know the basics. When something starts to smell, throw it away. It’s common sense, right? But what about when there is a power outage for extensive periods of time…what do we do then? Although most power outages occur in the winter, they can really happen at any time of the year, so it’s best to be prepared. How do we keep nutritious foods such as produce and meat fresh so they don’t go to waste? Never fear – we’ve got you covered! Just follow this handy food safety guide for when the power goes out.

What Do You Need?

Coolers

Make sure to have plenty of them around the house in case the power outage is prolonged. Even the inexpensive Styrofoam ones will do the trick!

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Non-Perishable Food Items

I’m sure you want to still be able to eat during a power outage, right? Keep canned foods on stock so you can have those. These can even be consumed cold or heated on the grill. Want homemade canned goods or don’t have the time or “know how” to prepare them on your own? Try a Winter’s Farmer’s Market to support local growers and farms even in the winter.  Usually they have a delicious selection of fresh, homemade canned items.

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Bags of Ice

Of course, with coolers you’ll want ice to put in them to keep the perishable food cold.

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Snow

When worst comes to worst and you find that the power will not be coming back any time, use your resources! Grab a snow bank and drop your frozen food and refrigerator food in that for a while. It will be kept cold (or frozen, depending on temperatures and how you place it) and you can get outside to enjoy the fresh air!

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What Should You Do?

Refrigerator/Freezer

Keep refrigerator and freezer closed, especially if it’s only half full. Food in the fridge can stay good at a temperature of 40 degrees of below, so the less we open it the longer food will stay cool. Freezer items can also stay frozen for a day or two, depending on how full it is and how frequently it’s opened.

Put Ice around items in fridge if outage is prolonged

If the outage lasts a while and you don’t feel like storing food elsewhere (ahem, outside), those bags of ice will come in handy. Place ice around the food so it stays colder longer.

Store the cooler and other foods outside

If you’re using a cooler with ice to keep food fresh and you live in New England, just stick the whole thing outside! Temperatures in the Northeast are usually below 40 degrees in the winter when most power outages occur.

When In Doubt and Faced with Little Resources….

Build a snow cooler! Dig out a slot in the snow bank for food so it stays cold. Be careful, though…if temps drop considerably during the night, refrigerator food could freeze!

When power finally returns, be sure to check refrigerator for any spoiled foods and dispose of them as soon as possible. Finally, when the storm is over and you’re ready to go outside again, go to the store and buy more fresh food so you don’t have to live off of canned goods anymore! For more helpful tips, check out this video from the FDA. As they say… “when in doubt, throw it out!”

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