#ActAndSave: Power Outage

#ActAndSave: Power Outage

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A power outage has swept the [location] area, leaving [approx #] of homeowners without light or heat during this cold winter season. Weather-related power outages have become more and more common across the country as our energy grid ages, and our winters get more extreme. That’s why some homeowners are choosing to take matters into their own hands, with home energy improvements that help them keep the lights on—no matter what’s going on with the power grid.

Installing storm proof windows can save 12%-33% annually on heating and cooling bills an average savings of $42-$83

Recommendation

Homes can be power producers, instead of just energy consumers. With the following technologies, that are getting much cheaper and more widely available each year, you can make your home more resilient to outages, while saving money on your energy bill—and in some cases—even having your power company pay YOU for clean energy.

  • Go solar: Rooftop solar photovoltaic panels (or PV) are the most common technology homeowners are using to generate their own clean energy at an affordable price—drastically reducing or even eliminating your electric bill. Most of these panels are connected to the electricity grid, so if you want to be able to power up when the grid goes down, you should also consider energy storage options. If you can’t go solar on your own rooftop, consider community solar if it’s available in your area.
  • Energy storage: The popularity of solar power has led to the rise of another renewable technology: batteries that can store extra solar power for later use. Companies like Tesla are developing batteries that can be installed with solar panels to create “solar-plus-storage” systems for your home.  
  • Maximize your home’s efficiency: Experts advise that improving the efficiency of your home—by sealing air leaks, improving insulation, or upgrading to efficient appliances (like changing out lightbulbs to LEDs or upgrading to EnergyStar rated appliances), is essential when considering solar + storage, because the lower your energy needs are—the more affordable your solar system will be.
Take Action
  • Get Informed: Starting with the right information is essential. The US Department of Energy’s Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar helps to simplify the process with tips on determine how suitable your rooftop is for panels, how you start the process, calculating how much money you can save, and where you can find tax breaks or local incentives and financing mechanisms.
  • Act: Contact a qualified solar provider in your area. One resource is the Solar Energy Industries Association national database of providers. Or check out sites like EnergySage where you can compare quotes from pre-screened installers. A provider can provide a more accurate quote for labor and installation associated with your system. Also, contact your local utility to see what incentives may be available.
  • Share: Snap a picture and tell us what you’re doing to improve your home’s performance this winter—tagging us at [fill in network’s social media username]. We may feature your project in an upcoming news segment.

Insulate water heater tank to save 7%-16% annually on water heating bill an average savings of $20-$45

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Quick Facts
  • Since 2010, the average cost of solar PV panels has dropped more than 60% and the cost of a solar electric system has dropped by about 50%.
  • PV panels on just 0.6% of the nation’s total land area could supply enough electricity to power the entire United States.
Social Media Posts

Establish a hashtag for your network in order to share these and similar tips with viewers and followers:

  • Tired of power outages? Make your home a clean energy producer and become more resilient to future storms. Learn how at goo.gl/a37hCM #ActAndSave

  • Harness the power of the sun to improve resilience, save on your energy bills, or even get a check back from your utility. Learn how at goo.gl/a37hCM #ActAndSave

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