BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Grid will enact a new winter rate of $24.24 cents per kilowatt hour this November, affecting 1.3 million residential and business customers in Massachusetts. NStar is also warning customers to brace for higher electric bills this winter. In response to the drastic electricity rate increases, RevoluSun reminds Bay State homeowners about ways they can save on energy consumption.
Recent government data states the average household in Massachusetts uses about 630 kilowatts of electricity each month, translating into a typical monthly bill of just over $125. With the proposed rate hike, the same bill will average just over $150, a 37% increase over last winter’s rates for National Grid customers.
“One way people can lessen the pain of an enormous energy bill increase is to lower their overall energy consumption,” said Kip George, RevoluSun Massachusetts franchise owner. “Another way is to insulate yourself from the dramatic spikes in electricity cost by investing in a PV system. With increased utility rates a solar system purchase will pay for itself in just five to seven years, then continue providing significant energy bill savings for at least 15 more years.”
RevoluSun recommends the following additional ways to reduce energy use:
- A ‘Bright’ Idea: Replace existing light bulbs with Energy Star-Qualified lighting, such as LED bulbs. Many LEDs have rebates available and LED bulbs are designed to operate 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs, saving money on replacement costs. Each incandescent bulb you replace with an ENERGY STAR certified light bulb will save you about $10 in energy costs each year. Imagine if you replace all of your light bulbs!
- Get ‘Smart’ with Your Appliances: Look into replacing your older stove, refrigerator or dishwasher with an Energy Star-Qualified Appliance, which often offer rebates. Swapping out a fridge could save you up to $15 a month in energy costs.
- Eliminate “Phantom Loads”: Televisions, DVD players, microwaves and cordless phones all use “standby power” even when turned off. Invest in “Advanced Power Strips” that use a ‘smart’ design that shuts of secondary appliances when they are not in use.
Committed to empowering the world, RevoluSun makes solar energy affordable and attractive for every homeowner. RevoluSun has developed more than 5,000 residential solar systems generating saving homeowners roughly $17 million each year. RevoluSun’s extensive network of trusted renewable energy partners and community-oriented philosophy makes the company the leading choice for forward-thinking homeowners. RevoluSun is a SunPower Elite Dealer and is the only solar company in the United States to be awarded SunPower’s Residential National Top Producer of the Year twice (2011 and 2012). For more information about RevoluSun visit www.RevoluSun.com or call 781.270.6555.