- List of renewable energy and green building tax incentives provided by partner Terrazia.
- Save-a-Ton launches its free Partnership Program
- View entries from the winners of the Save a Ton Energetic Ideas Poster Contest
- Save a Ton won an award from the Virginia Press Association!
- View our News Release (PDF - 128 KB).
If opening up your electric, gas, or water bill each month feels a little bit like gambling, it doesn't have to. In fact, with a few basic steps you can take control of your utility bills and turn each month into a sure bet rather than a shot in the dark.
For starters, use the mild weather between spring and summer to weatherize your house in preparation for that summertime A/C use. Look for areas where cool air might leak outside, especially ground floors and basements. Have a tune-up performed on your air conditioner to make sure it's running at peak performance. It's also worth checking out the location of your thermostat - since it's constantly monitoring the temperature to determine whether to run the A/C or not, make sure the thermostat is not located in a place where it will get too much heat - such as in the glare of a window - or might be kept too cold, such as in a mudroom or little-traveled hallway. The thermostat should be located in a well-used family room or other living space for best performance.
Want other ideas? Visit our Facebook page to post questions and connect with your friends and neighbors to share and receive hints and tips on cutting your utility bills.
The links, ideas and resources on this site can help you save money. There's even an energy-saving calculator to keep track of your results.
But it's not just about putting more green in your pocket. By making simple changes in how you live and work, you'll help to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in the Roanoke Valley.
So, go ahead, save a ton. Then share your successes and hints on our Facebook page.