Ways to Save

Did you know that…

  • A typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 annually on their utility bill, where an average 43% is spent on heating and cooling
  • Much of that energy generated by fossil fuels is wasted, where a single home often puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars!

To cut your energy use and save money, take these conservation steps:

Replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb with an 18-watt LED bulb can save you up to $45 in energy costs over the life of the LED. CFL and LED bulbs typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money!

KICK PHANTOM LOADS: Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These "phantom" loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance. We may not notice it, but standby power is a big issue. It accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use, costing the average U.S. household $100 per year.

SEAL THE DEAL: Improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort by finding and sealing any air leaks. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows and seal any air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls or floors.

GET PROGRAMMED: The average household spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills – nearly half on heating and cooling. Set your home heat to 68 °F to maximize savings.

SET & INSULATE: Set your water heater to 120°F and insulate your electric hot-water storage tank (follow manufacturers instructions) and insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.

LET IT FLOW: Keep air vents clean and regularly check your dryer vent. Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month.

ASSESS & GO LOW-FLOW: Always watch for leaks and fix dripping water and install low-flow aerators on your faucets and showerheads to save

OPTIMIZE LOADS: Clothes washing is one of the most water consumptive practices, using on average 32 gallons of water per wash, where automatic dishwashing uses on average 12 gallons of water and hand washing uses only 4 gallons. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes to conserve water and save energy and dollars.

It costs about $0.49 a load, on average,  to dry clothes in the U.S. at $0.12 per kilowatt hour. Save about $82.00 per year by choosing to air drying clothes

Conserve and Be Happy

Resources to help you save water Now

This is a labeling program for water efficient products, but they also do much more than that. Their website has some great info.

Water Use It Wisely
Great posters and inforgraphics on over 100 ways to save water both indoors
and out. 

Toilet to Tap
This concept has spurred controversy in the news recently, but it could be a viable, healthy solution to drought in California and bring improvement in water quality for some areas.

Change the Course
Make a pledge to save water in your life, and they pledge to return 1,000 to the Colorado River Basin.

National Geographic
Asking you not to be a drip.

Gives us 25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard.

Tax Incentives & Rebate Programs

Federal Tax Credit 

  • Residential Renewables: 30% of the cost of the system for qualifying renewables installed after 2008 (no maximum).
  • Corporate Tax Credit:30% for solar, fuel cells, small wind and 10% for geothermal, microturbines and CHP

Utility Rebates

Energy Star Rebate Program

Reduce utility bills in LPEA territory by replacing old refrigerators or freezers with newer Energy Star models. Old appliances can consume 2 - 4 times more energy annually than a new model. How Much?
  • $40 for Purchasing an ENERGY STAR Refrigerator/Freezer
  • $40 for Dishwashers
  • $40 for Clothes washers
How to Get the Energy Star Rebate:
  1. Verify that a specific model qualifies by visiting www.energystar.gov and review the complete list.
  2. Visit the LPEA site and submit the application
  3. Submit the application within 180 days of purchase, along with an original, dated proof-of-purchase invoice or receipt by mail or in person:
La Plata Electric Association
45 Stewart Street, Durango
603 S. 8th Street, Pagosa Springs

Where do I get an Energy Star Appliance?

ENERGY STAR appliance rebates are offered through area vendors as well as through manufacturers. For more information, go to the Energy Star Web site and enter your zip code and any appliances you are interested to obtain a rebate for.

What do I do with my old Refrigerator? Get another rebate!
  • $25 for Recycling a Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Recycle Rebates are available year round


Alternative Fuel Resources

The Electric Ride from Project FEVER (Fostering Electric VehicleExpansion in the Rockies) 

Ride Share Opportunities

  • Zimride.com - Zimride takes advantage of Facebook, enabling members to create personal profiles and select ride mates who share similar music tastes, favorite sports teams, or who just seem "normal."
  • RideAmigos.com - Connect with people going your way to share a taxicab or a car anywhere on Earth. Companies can use the service to help fellow employees coordinate trips together.
  • Shearling.com - Connect with fellow travelers looking to share a road trip using Shareling's interactive maps that show available rides around the globe. It's budget and planet-friendly.