What is energy efficiency? It is —
- using less energy to provide the same service:
- the first and most cost-effective step toward energy self-reliance.
Replacing an incandescent light bulb with an LED light bulb (which uses much less energy to produce the same amount of light) is energy efficiency, while turning off a light is energy conservation.
Advice and assistance with using less energy can be found at these sites:
- Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council offers free weatherization assistance for low income families in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Madison, Sebastian and Washington Counties.
- Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation will conduct an energy audit of your home for free.
- SWEPCO’s Energy Saving Programs for Arkansas include appliance rebates, standard home improvement rebates, tax credits, and more.
- Energy Efficiency Arkansas offers more information, including free incentive offers.
Produce Your Own Power
In “Going Solar,” Gary Milczarek and Alece Carrigan of Eureka Springs offer photos, charts and text that chronicle the development, installation and performance of their residential photovoltaic system.