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GROTON — The new group Groton Local presents “Ways You and Your Family Can Reduce Electric Energy Usage” with special guest speaker Kevin Kelly of Groton Electric Light Department (GELD), on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m. at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. (Route 225), in West Groton. There will be an opportunity for 50 households who participate in the evening’s presentation to sign up for a “special meter” program that could save them, and other GELD customers, energy and money. All are welcome to attend this free and wheelchair-accessible event.

Have you ever wondered exactly what your electric bills tell you that would be useful in reducing your usage of electricity? Or, what determines the cost of your electricity rates? Do you know what the primary source of your electricity is? Are methods available to monitor residential electric use (watt meters and other devices)? Can anyone do it? What’s included in a GELD energy audit? Is it free, so how do you request one? What percentage of electricity does the average Groton resident consume for appliances, lighting, heating or cooling usage, etc.? What are the major opportunities for conservation and lowering of monthly electric bills; for example, are Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) available from GELD? What is Groton Electric Light Department doing to help cut back on our town’s usage (peak hours, hourly metering, etc.)? Is our town likely to be affected by future brown-outs or blackouts? What about local power generation? Has GELD considered local power generation? Is “green” electricity available to Groton? What is the potential impact of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or other possible carbon-emissions taxes? How might this be reflected in your electric bills?

Have you ever wondered exactly what your electric bills tell you that would be useful in reducing your usage of electricity? Or, what determines the cost of your electricity rates? Do you know what the primary source of your electricity is? Are methods available to monitor residential electric use (watt meters and other devices)? Can anyone do it? What’s included in a GELD energy audit? Is it free, so how do you request one? What percentage of electricity does the average Groton resident consume for appliances, lighting, heating or cooling usage, etc.? What are the major opportunities for conservation and lowering of monthly electric bills; for example, are Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) available from GELD? What is Groton Electric Light Department doing to help cut back on our town’s usage (peak hours, hourly metering, etc.)? Is our town likely to be affected by future brown-outs or blackouts? What about local power generation? Has GELD considered local power generation? Is “green” electricity available to Groton? What is the potential impact of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or other possible carbon-emissions taxes? How might this be reflected in your electric bills?

Hear Mr. Kelly address some of these topics and bring your own questions, too. For further information call Jim or Lisa Hubert at (978) 272-1022.