Bringing the power of energy efficiency to more of our customers

Summit Plaza in Jersey City, New Jersey, is a four-building, 483-unit apartment complex that is home to mostly low-income families.

One of the most important missions for utilities going forward will be to help their customers develop low-cost, energy efficient options. Reducing the consumption of electricity and natural gas will provide a host of benefits – it will give customers access to new energy efficient technologies while also lowering their utility bills and reducing pollution and environmental impacts for years to come. Continue reading

What’s cooking this holiday? Savings!

Between buying gifts and hosting parties, it’s no secret that the holidays can be an expensive time of year. But, did you know that changes to your cooking routine can help you save money in the kitchen?  For example, slow cookers, pots, toaster ovens or warming plates use about half the energy of the average electric stove.

  1. Preheat the oven to the exact temperature you need. The oven won’t heat up any faster at a higher setting.
  2. Put lids on pots and pans to prevent heat loss.
  3. Turn off the oven 10 minutes early – the food will keep cooking as long as the door stays closed.
  4. No peeking! Whenever you open the oven door, the temperature drops by about 25 degrees.
  5. Always use glass or ceramic dishes if possible. They retain heat better and cook food faster.

Last but not least – when you’re ready to clean up, always make sure your dishwasher is full before running it. It’s more energy efficient.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

NJ SHARES Is Here To Help

NJ Shares Annual Report, Barbara Offredo.

New Jersey resident Barbara O.’s story:

I’m a single mom. I work full time at night as a hospice nurse so I am home when my children need me. I never thought I would not have enough money to support my family. But when the rent increased on my two bedroom apartment in Mercer County, we were facing homelessness. I couldn’t afford the rent and juggle late fees on other bills. I was distraught. I didn’t want to fail my kids. I am so thankful that NJ SHARES was able to relieve the burden of my utility bill so that I could manage our expenses and my family could stay in our apartment.

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Don’t Let Your Heat Out to Play

 

23545990453_c2b06965e9_kDrive down your street the day after a snowstorm. You’ll see some homes with snow on their roofs, and some without. Those with snow most likely have adequate attic air-sealing and insulation – the heat isn’t escaping to the attic to melt the snow on the roof. Rooftops without snow are a sign that the heat meant to keep the family warm is escaping through the attic – creating a financial wind tunnel for the homeowners inside. Continue reading