Knowledge is power.
That’s why President Obama’s Digital Government strategy on behalf of the Energy Department and the Energy Data Initiative (the open data enterprise) aims to help us become more switched on and further educated in living sustainably while helping create, implement and support valuable products and services in the energy sector.
The government’s open data resource will help businesses and consumers every day.
Energy.gov/data includes targeted features for different groups of data customers.
Small businesses can readily rely on this type of data also, which is another reason the Energy Department’s launching a sizeable web portal. There will also be features on popular open datasets and search tools that will be helpful for students, regulators, and energy professionals.
For those who are not familiar with additional energy saving programs that the Energy Department are responsible for, shoppers will be aware of the energy saving labels/indicators on light bulbs and fuel efficiency stickers on new cars. The Government’s daily weather reports are fed into all large solar and wind power plants across the USA too.
The new resource hub will continue to build and grow alongside the community it supports. Planned features also include improved interoperability with other data platforms like openei.org and the National Library of Energy. There will also be frequent updates from Energy Data Jams leading up to the annual Energy Datapalooza. The content and capabilities will continue to increase along with a portfolio of government data sites that will be created by other Federal agencies in the coming months.
To also help reduce power usage and the overall electricity demand in peak times across the country, while simultaneously saving consumers’ hard earned cash, most providers are launching schemes that encourage customers to use electricity during off-peak hours. The plans pass on real savings to you and is made available through rebates or reduced electricity rates.
Time-based rates are very attractive to owners of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles as well, considering such vehicles are usually recharged at night. See the Transportation tips for more information.
Smart meters and home energy management systems enable customers to program how and when their home consumes energy. Such programs might charge you the actual cost of power at any one time. This ranges from high prices during peak demand to low prices across off-peak hours. If you are able to shift your power consumption to off-peak times like for example, popping your clothes in the washing machine late at night, these programs can save you money, which add up considerably over twelve months.
Unfortunately in Winter though, we can’t pick and choose when we’re going to get cold and need to put the heater on. Sometimes, as fashionable as they are, bed socks and Snuggies aren’t enough. It’s just nice to put the heater on regardless of the time of day!
In this case, to help reduce any unwanted bill shock- researching cost efficient heaters and the most efficient electric heaters is advisable. Just remember to keep the heated environment as insulated as possible by keeping all blinds and curtains drawn, windows and doors shut and eliminate ghastly drafts with those ghastly looking snake door stoppers. Sometimes, we have to put function over style – clearly, again I mention dorky Snuggies. But who didn’t buy a Snuggie late one night?
So to help save unwanted, hefty electricity bills this Winter, look into time-based electricity programs and use energy when the demand is low (off peak times). Distributing the electricity demand more evenly ensures a steady and reliable stream of electricity is available for all.
Knowledge really is power. Power to the people!