Dennis DeGrazia Comments on Common Energy-Saving Techniques
BOSTON, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — On January 10, green activists and energy-conscientious contractors around the country took part in National Cut your Energy Costs Day, encouraging homeowners to take small but critical steps toward making better use of their home energy resources–and in doing so, slashing their monthly energy costs. Though the day is now past, many energy experts and authorities continue to offer their advice to homeowners seeking to become more energy efficient. A recent Home Goes Strong article offers a few basic pointers for energy cost-cutting–and it has won the attention of Dennis DeGrazia, a contractor and long-time energy efficiency advocate.
DeGrazia, who currently serves as Director of Operations for Construction Energy Services (CES) in Boston, has issued a new statement to the press, offering his whole-hearted endorsement for the tips and techniques laid out in the article. “Today, people need to educate themselves to the new technologies available that can dramatically save energy,” comments Dennis DeGrazia in his new press statement. “It is all about reducing consumption, which translates into saving KWH/YR; when this is done you save money each month on your electric bill, and those funds can be applied to other areas in the family budget.”
Dennis DeGrazia calls particular attention to a few of the specific pointers offered in the article. Some of the tips are as simple as keeping south-facing windows uncovered during winter days. By keeping blinds open and curtains drawn, homeowners can ensure that plenty of sunlight makes its way into the interior of the house, and ultimately that it warms the home enough to turn the thermostat down, without sacrificing comfort.
Other tips offered in the article include an exhortation for homeowners to “change their relationship with lighting.” By switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use less electricity, and also by getting into to the habit of turning off lights when they exit a room, homeowners can reduce monthly utility costs significantly.
The article goes on to encourage homeowners to invest in a programmable thermostat, which can help reduce energy costs year-round. While simply turning off the heating or the air conditioner during the day leads to a significant decline in home comfort–and, in many cases, actually reduces energy efficiency, as the HVAC system must work harder to regulate the internal temperature–a programmable thermostat can be implemented to cut costs during hours when the house is vacant.
Finally, the article notes that there are many home improvement projects that can be undertaken to boost energy efficiency–and many of these projects can result in tax credits, to boot. Some examples include the purchase and installation of new windows, home insulation, and energy-efficient appliances.
Dennis DeGrazia is a long-time proponent of energy efficient home design and energy-conserving consumer habits.
Dennis DeGrazia is a former contractor and current Director of Operations for Construction Energy Services, Inc. (CES). His current role in in retrofitting multi-family dwellings throughout the Boston area, seeking to improve energy efficiency. DeGrazia is a long-time authority on weatherization, energy conservation, and green design.
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