Imagine the having an energy analysis available to you based on your home or business’s actual electricity bills. Would seeing real-life information motivate you to make changes in the way you use your electricity? Soon, you’ll have the chance to get this type of analysis right on the ECI REC Web site. Best of all, the tools are free—a benefit of your Cooperative membership!
“The easy-to-use online tools we’ll be adding provide energy and bill analysis, interactive energy education for kids, and an extensive energy library,” said Lisa Franck, ECI REC Manager of Communications. “With the opportunity to input information about their own appliances, homes’ construction, and more, our members should be able to create a completely customized picture of their home’s energy usage, and see a clear path to energy savings.”
Some examples of the calculators and tools on the way are:
HomeEnergyCalculator™ - Get quick estimates of your home’s current energy-use costs. See how much you can save just by making a few changes.
InteractiveEnergyHome™ - Learn how to save energy, room by room. Mouse over furnishings and appliances and click to see energy-saving tips.
Lighting Calculator - See exactly how much money you can save by switching from standard bulbs to compact fluorescent lights.
Appliance Calculator - Get down-to-the-penny energy operating costs for more than 50 different home appliances and electronic devices.
Commercial Calculator – Quick, detailed estimates of energy use costs for your business facility. Compares your facility to other businesses like yours.
Commercial Heat Comparison - Compare a variety of heating sources, such as heat pump, natural gas, propane, and geothermal. Match your existing or proposed commercial equipment and fuel prices to decide on upgrades and energy-saving options.
Outdoor Lighting Calculator – Model existing lighting by entering type, output (lumens), number of lights, hours per day of operation, and cost per kWh. The tool instantly presents in kWh, dollars and even carbon.