Time to Get Energy Wise
October is Energy Awareness Month and America’s electric companies encourage you to take a moment each day to think about how you can use electricity more efficiently. It’s easy. And by doing so you can save money and help protect our environment.
To get started, visit your electric company’s Web site. They have energy-saving tips and ideas. Electric companies also have advice on new energy-saving appliances. And, many have financial incentives to help you make your home more energy efficient.
As an industry, the nation’s electric power industry continues to do more and more to encourage homes and businesses to use electricity more efficiently. In fact, during the past 20 years, electric utility efficiency efforts have saved more than 1 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity—enough to power almost 95 million homes for one year.
Looking ahead, more and more electric utilities will be using advanced technology such as digital, "smart" meters to help their customers get more value from their electricity dollar. Electric utilities are now installing smart meters in more than 38 states. Smart meters will be system wide for most electric companies by mid-decade.
For customers, the smart meter opens the door to a wide array of benefits, including better home energy management and faster service restoration following outages. And for utilities, the new meters offer the capability to improve electric service efficiency, reliability, and affordability.
As an industry, electric companies also are embracing electric vehicles. Electrifying our transportation system will create new, high-quality jobs and move the country toward a low-carbon future.
The first round of EVs is scheduled to arrive in several markets throughout the country by the end of 2010. In these markets, electric companies are educating their customers about the new EVs and assisting them with their charging options.
To learn more about making your home energy efficient this month and all year round, please visit www.eei.org/wiseuse.