Energy Spy: Mission Save Energy

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Summer time energy efficiency can save you money, make your family more comfortable and help the environment.

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Energy Spy program logo

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Mission: save energy

Share your photos & win prizes!

When you e-mail or post a photo of energy efficiency and your Energy Spy magnet at your house you earn points. Points lead to prizes!

Sign Up through our online form.

Spy Efficiency, Show it off! Look for energy efficiency at your home using the Mission: Save Energy sheet. When you spy energy efficiency, take a picture of it and your magnet and send it to us at E-Spy@ColumbiaPowerPartners.com or, for more points, post it on Facebook and tag us: @ColumbiaWaterLight.

Get Fun Prizes: Each time we get a picture of efficiency and your Energy Spy number, we will record it. Each activity counts for a certain number of points. As you get enough points, you can claim the prizes listed below. If you spy efficiency that’s not on our list, send it in, we’ll give you points for being a super Energy Spy!

The Energy Spy program is open to Water & Light customers under 18 years old. The program runs from June 21st to August 21st, 2017. Please email  E-Spy@ColumbiaPowerPartners.com for more information.

Business Prize Points Needed
Sparky’s Ice Cream Free single scoop token 5
Parks and Recreation ARC daily individual pass 5
Parks and Recreation Pool daily pass individual 5
Andy’s Frozen Custard free single scoop or a sundae 5
Flat Branch Pub and Brewing $15 Gift Certificate 21
Addison’s $15 Gift Certificate 21
Tony’s Pizza $15 Gift Certificate 21
Uprise Bakery $15 Gift Certificate 21
Shakespeare’s Pizza $15 Gift Certificate 21
Parks and Recreation ARC daily Family pass 21
Mug’s Up $15 Gift Certificate 21
Parks and Recreation ARC monthly individual pass 35

How to earn points: send us photos of these activities to get a prize

Close the blinds and curtains during times of direct sunlight. This helps keep the summer sun’s heat out.

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Keep vents and radiators clear of furniture, curtains or rugs.

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Scrape your dishes rather than rinsing them before putting them in the dishwasher.

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Run the clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher only when you have full loads.

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Since some appliances use electricity all the time, plug them into a power saving electric strip or turn a regular strip off when the appliances are not in use.

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Set your computer to enter sleep mode after 5 minutes of inactivity and to hibernate after 30 minutes of inactivity.

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Unplug laptops or cell phone chargers when not in use. They can draw power even when they are not in use.

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Test your refrigerator gaskets by closing the door over a piece of paper. If you can easily remove it with the door closed, consider replacing either the gaskets or the appliance.

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Like Columbia Water & Light on Facebook

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Ride your emission free bike around town. Columbia is a bike friendly city, always be sure to wear a helmet!

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Make sure your water heater is well insulated. If not, and if the manufacturer says it’s okay, help your parents add an insulated jacket to the water heater.

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Insulate hot and cold water pipes at the water heater, six feet on each one saves you the most energy.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! In that order. Take a picture showing how you reuse or recycle.

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Unplug your TV, gaming console, or computer. Summer is a great time to be outside!

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Reduce the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees or less.

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Wash clothes with cold water whenever possible.

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Let the sun dry your clothes on a clothesline.

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Inspect and clean the vent pipe on the clothes dryer, remember to clean the lint filter EVERY time!

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Grow your own fruit or vegetables, you can start a garden plot or just have a couple of plants in pots.

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Replace the heating and cooling system’s filter every three months or when it’s dirty.

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Plant deciduous shade trees on the south and west side of your house to keep your house cool.

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Turn off the lights, televisions, and fans when you leave the room.

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Use the air-dry setting on your dishwasher.

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Help keep your city clean by picking up a bag of litter from a park or neighborhood.

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How cool is that?! Your refrigerator should be set between 37 and 40 degrees and the freezer at 5 degrees.

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Use a fan instead of the AC to keep cool, just remember to turn it off when you are out of the room.

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Grill out for dinner instead of using the oven or stove. Give the AC a break!

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Help your parents seal the cracks around the windows

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Make sure your parents get your AC checked out this summer.

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Go to a local Farmers’ Market, eating local is good for the environment and supports local businesses.

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Set air conditioning thermostat settings as high as possible while maintaining reasonable comfort levels while you’re home. Move it up to 84 degrees when you are away for more than 3 hours.

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Take 5 minute showers instead of baths.

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Clean the coils on the bottom or the back of your refrigerator regularly; you can use a vacuum or a specially designed refrigerator coil brush.

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Replace 2 frequently used incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs.

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Help your parents install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch cover plates.

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Show off the efficiency score you got after your Free Energy Assessment or Home Energy Audit from Columbia Water & Light.

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Give the AC a break. Use heat generating appliances like the clothes dryer, dishwasher, and oven at night when it is cooler outside!

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Help clear away grasses and bushes from the AC unit, it helps it work better and more efficiently.

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Write an essay on why energy efficiency is important to you. 250 words minimum, you can knock that out in no time!

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Ask your parents to replace your old thermostat with a programmable thermostat. Don’t forget to set it to change when the house is empty!

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Get an Energy Audit from an approved contractor or Free Energy Assessment from Columbia Water & Light. Click here for more information.

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