posted on September 30, 2016 15:42
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.