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October 2nd – 8th, 2016

SIX TIPS TO SAVE ON YOUR ELECTRIC BILLS

 Kerrville Public Utility Board is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8, along with the American Public Power Association (APPA) and more than 2,000 other not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that collectively power the lives of more than 48 million Americans. To mark this week, APPA offers a few tips on how to save energy and money in your home while caring for the environment: 

• Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and be sure your house is properly insulated — you can save up to 20 percent on heating/cooling bills, and make your home more comfortable. 

• Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or air conditioning filter will slow airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. 

• Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10 percent on cooling and heating costs. 

• Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water in a washer uses 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes. According to Energy Star, by switching to cold water, you can save $30-$40 every year. 

• Use energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs to reduce energy use by as much as 80 percent. 

• Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Better still, use a power strip and turn off devices and lights that are not in use to cut standby power, to save $100 a year on your electricity bill.

 For more resources, visit www.PublicPower.org/EERC. Kerrville Public Utility Board offers a variety of programs to help you use energy wisely. Visit our website www.kpub.com – Energy Efficiency – for a list of programs and available rebates.

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