A member asked: Can a “free dinner” lower my electric bills?

“I recently received a post card inviting me to attend a free dinner and hear about ways to lower my utility bills. Should I purchase the products this company is offering?” asked a member recently.

Look out for energy saving products that are too good to be true. Often these products are pitched over a “free” dinner at a local restaurant. One group sells a “special” type of insulation, air ventilation and other products that claim to significantly lower utility bills.

Remember, energy saving products or programs that work sell themselves. To save energy in your home, try one of these less expensive, proven tactics:

  • Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps or LEDs.
  • Plug all electronics into Smart Strip power strips.
  • Make sure you keep the lint screen clean in your dryer.
  • Beef up your home’s fiberglass or foam insulation.
  • Install vehicle plug-in timers.
  • Install programmable thermostats, and keep your house at lower temperatures at night and when you are away.
  • Anytime electricity is involved, hire a licensed electrical contractor to make sure the equipment is installed safely.
  • Consider a Home$ense energy audit if you haven’t already had one; visit GVEA’s website to learn more.

Before you purchase a high-priced energy saving product from a seminar or sign up for a program that sounds too good to be true, please think twice.  If you do decide to attend one of these free dinners, we would be interested to know what you think – shoot us an email at info@gvea.com.

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