October 1, 2020
October is here and so is Energy Action Month! This month serves as a reminder of the importance of energy, environmental well-being, and sustainability throughout the country. By becoming aware of our energy and water usage, we can work on all levels to take the right conservation and efficiency actions.
Kick things off by participating in Energy Efficiency Day (#EEDay2020) on Wednesday, October 7th! This year marks the 5th anniversary of EE Day, where advocates come together to promote the benefits of becoming energy efficient on a grander scale. (Although energy efficiency should be year-round).
Donnelly Energy is on the list! As a participating contractor for Direct Install from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ – we’re all about helping small businesses become more energy-efficient on the local level.
Join us by signing your name on the Energy Efficiency Day list and finding out ways you can take action by visiting https://www.energyefficiencyday.org/. Share your tips and tricks on social media - spread the word!
If this is your first time hearing about Energy Action Month and you're unsure of the steps to becoming energy efficient, we've got you covered.
STEP 1: SIGN UP FOR A PROFESSIONAL ENERGY AUDIT/ASSESSMENT
The best way to become aware of your energy usage, whether it's for your home or your business, is to sign up for a professional audit from a reputable company (like us, although we prefer the term assessment)!
A residential energy audit is a top-to-bottom report that typically covers your homes;
- health and safety (carbon monoxide levels, moisture, and indoor air quality problems)
- overall comfort level
- air sealing opportunities
- Insulation levels
- HVAC system efficiency
- domestic hot water system efficiency
A commercial energy audit is a detailed inspection and analysis of how energy flows in a building. Think of it as the who, what, what, when, and how of the electricity being used in a commercial facility (both interior and exterior). Part of the audit includes an analysis of the building's utility bills and recommendations on energy conservation.
(If you have a commercial building in New Jersey, you can sign up for a free energy assessment with us! Click here for our online calendar.)
STEP 2: BECOME ENERGY EFFICIENT
Becoming aware of your energy usage is the first step - the next is taking action!
If you're in our home state of New Jersey:
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program™ (NJCEP) offers home energy assessments via their residential Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program. Energy efficiency rebates and energy assistance is also available. Visit NJCleanEnergy.com/Residential to learn more.
For small to mid-level sized commercial buildings and businesses, Direct Install from NJCEP offers free energy assessments and up to 80% off incentives for qualifying energy efficiency projects. (It’s what we’re here for – sign up today at www.donnellyenergy.com/assessment!)
Additional commercial programs can be found at NJCleanEnergy.com/commercial-industrial.
If you're outside of New Jersey:
Be sure to check out your states or local utilities clean energy programs and initiatives! Almost every state in the USA has a program similar to New Jersey's - you just have to do some research.
Happy Energy Action Month!