Presidents Message

MGM Transformer has a longstanding tradition of environmental conservation. Our commitment to the environment is apparent in our daily activities as we pursue continued improvement in both our design and production processes. We aim to exceed the highest environmental standards in our products.
As a company that deals primarily with the conversion of voltage and power, MGM has come to learn many things power related. Transformer designs that result in environmentally friendly products are just one of them.

We can, however, continue raising the bar and produce even more efficient products. The upfront cost may be a little more, but the long-term cost to the consumer and the environment will certainly be lower.
Please ask one of our qualified sales engineers about our TP-1 product and how they can reduce energy losses and greenhouse gases, as well as save you money in the long run.
Below, you will find insightful and easy-to-follow guidelines on how you can save power, reduce greenhouse gases and, in turn, make the environment more eco-friendly for future generations. Please take the time to read these very simple steps on how you can make a difference.
Many published articles on reducing greenhouse gases give advice that is simply too difficult to adhere to without severely impeding one’s lifestyle. This article, however, aims to give consumers tips that are easy to apply in their everyday lives.

Common Misperception:
Many people incorrectly assume that their cars are the main contributors of greenhouses gases. While cars do emit harmful gases, the main culprit, however, in this epidemic is our nation’s building. In fact, 48% of this country’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions come from our buildings. We may not all be able to own a Prius right now, but we can all certainly incorporate these simple habits at home.

Some Facts:
An average 2000 square foot home uses approximately 19,000kwh of electricity per year. In order to produce that amount of electricity, a power plant has to spew 28,500 pounds of carbon dioxide. That’s enough carbon dioxide to fill a 30,000-square-foot home from floor to ceiling, wall to wall!
Although some of that energy is necessary, most of it is “wasted” energy resulting from inefficient products and/or inefficient use.
Below are some tips on how we can reduce some of that waste.

Lighten Up Your Waste
Change your light bulbs. Like most homes, yours probably uses incandescent bulbs. Replace these inefficient bulbs with CFL’s (compact fluorescent lights). They come in all shapes and sizes to fit track lighting, floodlights and even halogens. Though they may cost more up front, they last almost ten times longer than their incandescent counterparts and will likely save you hundreds of dollars on your yearly utility bills. In areas where you need warm light, simply ask for CFL’s marked 2,700 or 3,000 Kelvin.

Are You Hot And Cold?
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems account for almost 50% of home energy usage. Any reduction in use will surely help. Try to turn off the heater or AC when you’re not home. For warmth, open curtains to allow the sun’s rays to help (free lighting too!) Investing in a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts temperatures when you’re away will reduce your bills by almost 15%. Also, replace your HVAC’s filters. You’ll breathe in less dust and pollen, as well as save money. And, don’t forget to shut off the vents in the rooms you’re not using.

Don’t Forget Your Protection
Weather-stripping your exterior doors and caulking your windows is a must in order to keep the outside air out. This will also help reduce the work required by your heater or air-conditioner. If you have an attic, it’s important to insulate it to R38 or R49 standards. R measures the resistance to the passage of heat or cold. The colder the area you live in, the higher the R value should be.

Chill Out
If you don’t have an energy-efficient fridge, it would be wise to invest in one. Non-energy-efficient refrigerators eat up about 15% of your home’s energy. Also try to do away with your second fridge in the garage.

Cleaning the fridge’s coils will also help tremendously. Another way to reduce the energy required by a large fridge is to make sure the seals on the door are air-tight. Try sticking a piece of paper in the door and closing it. If it slides down, it means it’s leaking out cold air and working harder to stay cold.

Cool Off
A half-empty dishwasher takes just as much energy to run as a full one, so run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Always select the “air dry” option (also called the “no heat” option.) This reduces energy usage by 35%.

Keep It Clean
It’s no secret that washers/dryers use up a lot of energy. But, did you know that washing your clothes in cold water can reduce energy usage by 50%? It will also help your clothes last longer. As for the dryer, clean the lint trap and try to dry like-thickness clothes or towel together. Better yet, use a clothes line if you can.

It’s never too early to start, so don’t wait until it’s too late. If you have any additional ideas or feedback on these tips for the home, please email us at cleanpower@mgmtransformer.com

What About Water?
I know, I know; you’re wondering why an electrical company is talking about water. Well, the answer is simple: water is a limited resource whose conservation is desperately needed. And, since we’re on a roll with our energy tips, why not squeeze in a couple of helpful habits so we can save water too.

An average household uses 107,000 gallons of water per year. About 15% of that water is never even needed (does running the sink while brushing your teeth sound familiar?)

Getting Hot?
Some homes take a while for the hot water to get going. If yours is one of them, look into getting your pipes insulated with insulated tubes (about a buck and a half per tube). Insulated pipes lose less heat between uses, which means you’ll get your hot water faster and waste less water.

Are You Leaking?
Many homes have slight leaks whether it’s in the showers, toilets or sinks. A good idea is to check your water meter over a couple of hours when you know nothing has been in use. If it’s moved, you know you’ve got a leak. You’ll then need to do some detective work to figure out which sink, shower or toilet is the culprit.

Shower Heads and Sinks
Let’s face it; we all want a powerful showerhead. The good news is that you don’t have to skimp on a powerful shower in order to save energy. A variety of new showerheads on the market use an aeration method that actually uses less water while still providing a powerful water stream. I was skeptical too, but after I installed one, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. The same technology is available for sinks. Look for models that aerate your water.

Go Ahead and Flush
Most toilets made before 1994 used seven gallons of water per flush. Post 1994, however, they only use 3.5 gallons. That’s a lot of saved water! But if you don’t want to buy a new toilet, here’s a trick: Put a bag of sand or a bottle of water in your toilet tank. It’ll fool the tank into filling with less water, thereby reducing the gallons per flush.

Respectfully,

Patrick Gogerchin
President
MGM Transformer