Our Earth. Our Future.
Earth Day is considered to be one of the world’s largest civic events, and on April 22, we can all be part of this global movement and do our part to help the environment.
First, I want to share some things that we’re doing right here at Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC) to better our own little corner of the world.
At MEC, we are proud to offer a 95% carbon-free energy portfolio to our members. To complement our dedication to renewable energy, we’ve launched several green initiatives, including three community solar arrays in Lolo, Frenchtown and Bonner, which have given our members the opportunity to seamlessly participate in renewable energy without the heavy price tag of residential solar panels.
Like our members, MEC values the beauty of our surroundings and the wildlife inhabiting them. Our crews have partnered with area organizations like Seeley Lake Elementary and the Milltown State Park to build nesting platforms for osprey. This is just one of the many ways we work to be good stewards of the territory and communities we serve. There are many ways we, as individuals, can help the environment, and some are easier than you’d think. I’ve included a few simple actions you can take now to reduce your energy use, in turn, improving the environment.
AUDIT YOUR LIGHT BULBS
Swapping out any remaining incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs can make a big difference in home efficiency, and it’s one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy bill.
MAINTAIN YOUR HVAC SYSTEM
Replace your home air filters to allow your HVAC system to run more efficiently. Air filters prevent dust and allergens from clogging your HVAC system. Changing the filters makes your unit run more efficiently – keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
EXAMINE YOUR THERMOSTAT
Make sure it is programmed for the current season and your family’s schedule. This is one of the best tools at your fingertips, however, you can only achieve these efficiencies and savings if it is programmed properly and adjusted periodically to keep pace with changes in household routines.
SEAL WINDOW AND DOORS
Seal leaks with weather stripping and caulk to keep cool air indoors during warm months and prevent cold air from penetrating the indoors during colder months. Sealing gaps around piping, dryer vents, fans and outlets also helps to seal the envelope and increase efficiency.
While these suggestions seem very elementary and basic, they do make a difference and are worth performing a self-audit. If you’d like to schedule a free in-home energy assessment to further assess ways you can reduce your energy costs and create a more efficient and comfortable home, stop by or call our office!
As we celebrate Earth Day this April, let’s continue to work together and make a positive impact on our local community – and our beautiful planet.