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DEDICATION


New Year Brings Retirement for


Three Employees January is the beginning of


a new year, but for three VVEC employees it was also the begin- ning of the next great chapter in their lives.


Kathy Calico (left to right), Randy Parsons, and Jane Van Sickle have retired. Calico began her career at the co-op in 1989, and Par- sons began in 1990. Van Sickle worked at VVEC for about three years in the 1990s before moving out of state. She returned to the co-op in 2008.


It costs more than $2,000 a


year in energy bills to run the av- erage American home, and more than half of that is for heating and cooling. Here are some tips for lower- ing those bills: 1. Get an energy audit. You’ll have an easier time sealing an energy leak if you know where it is, and an auditor can show you. 2. Replace all of your incan- descent light bulbs with LEDs— even if they’re not burned out yet. They’re wasting more money in energy costs than you’ll waste by replacing them before they’re spent. 3. Use caulk to seal cracks and gaps around windows.


9 Ways to Cut Energy Bills Changing light bulbs, adding insulation and caulking are ways to improve efficiency 4. Add attic insulation and


make sure it’s property attached. 5. Learn about the energy use of your appliances. The more you understand about energy, the less of it you’ll waste. 6. If you’re planning to move to a newly built home, choose and architect or builder who is committed to “green building” and energy efficiency. Many green building strategies don’t cost any more when they’re incorporated during construc- tion—like making energy-effi- cient choices for the direction the house faces and where the windows are placed. 7. Replace outdated furnaces and air conditioning systems


with updated models designed to work more efficiently, waste less energy and save you money. 8. When replacing appli- ances, look at more than the price tag. Consider how much it will cost each year to operate the equipment. Often, the savings on your energy bill will more than make up for the slightly higher price you pay for more efficient models. 9. If you’re remodeling your home, make energy efficiency as high a priority as more visible upgrades like a beautiful granite countertop or new cabinets. You can’t “see” energy efficiency, so it’s too often out of sight, out of mind.


February 2015 VVEC Power Circuit 3


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