NES Hosts Energy Savings Workshop

On Saturday, February 24, NES hosted a home energy workshop at St. James Missionary Baptist Church for church members and friends to learn more ways to improve their home’s energy efficiency. One attendee won the door prize of an Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control. Special thanks to Pastor George Brooks Sr. who helped organize the community event.

NES employees shared information with attendees on Power of Change and the income-based program, Home Uplift that can save recipients hundreds of dollars on their utility bills with free home energy improvements.

If you missed the workshop, here are some top energy-saving tips you can use all year long:

1. Take advantage of the sun! Open the curtains on the south-facing side of your apartment or home during the day to naturally heat your home. At night, you can reduce the chill and keep heat in by closing the curtains.

2. Look out for drafty windows! To further insulate your home or apartment, seal drafty windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping to properly weatherize your home.

3. Adjust your thermostat. Setting your thermostat one or two degrees higher in the summer or a few degrees lower in the winter can make a big difference in energy usage and save you money on your next energy bill.

4. Check your air filters monthly. Get better control of your energy bill by conducting regular HVAC maintenance ensuring optimal efficiency and comfort, while avoiding a system failure in severe weather when you need it most.

5. Make the switch to LED! Replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED lights in the rooms of your home you’re in most often will make your home more energy-efficient. LED lights last longer and are more cost-effective.