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March 2015 Green Energy Report

0_FB_Oconnor_March2015Insurance was an early participant in the Green Power Community Challenge. Each month we post our carbon offset results from our solar energy array on our headquarters in Creve Coeur.

We are proud to be doing our part to make Creve Coeur one of the leading communities nationwide in deriving our power from renewable resources.

This month, our carbon offset is 1,964 lbs. We have offset the equivalent of 23 trees.

Thanks to our solar vendor, Microgrid Solar, for the photo.

March Energy Tip – Spring into energy savings (From the https://www.directenergy.com)

  • Make sure you change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan. In the winter, let the fan push warm air toward the floor. In spring, switch the direction and draw air upward, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.
  • Before buying an air conditioning unit or system, find out its energy efficiency ratio (EER). Calculate the EER by dividing the unit’s cooling capacity (BTU’s/hour) by its energy requirement (watts). An EER of 10 or more is very good, and 6 or 7 is fair. Remember to buy the smallest capacity unit or system that will meet your needs.
  • If your home has a sliding glass door, make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.
  • When dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator’s condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. As part of your spring-cleaning routine, make sure the coils are cleaned and air can circulate freely.
  • Don’t forget to check the seals on your refrigerator door to make sure they are clean and tight. Your refrigerator accounts for up to 11 percent of your household’s total energy use, which can have a major impact on your energy bill.

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