Save Money & Energy
KPUB makes it easier than ever to make energy-efficiency improvements for our customers by offering over 11 different types of rebates.
Energy Saving Tips
Heating and cooling equipment accounts for half of a home’s energy use, followed by large appliances and electronic devices, water heating equipment, and lighting.
Remember—the less energy you use, the more money you save!
Make wise choices to use less energy with the following tips:
- Set your thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees during warm months. During colder months, a thermostat setting of between 68 to 70 degrees is recommended.
- Use a programmable thermostat to manage your daily heating and cooling needs.
- Try ceiling or portable fans to circulate air and make a room feel cooler.
- Turn off the television, fan and lights or lamps when you leave a room.
- Buy CFLs to replace less-efficient incandescent bulbs.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances and products. Check the Energy Guide label and look for the ENERGY STAR® logo when purchasing these items.
- Turn off or unplug electronic devices, such as computers, power tools, cell phone chargers, digital cameras, and MP3s, when they are not being used.
- Reduce your use of hot water – take short showers, use cold water to wash clothes, etc.
- Call us for a Residential Energy Audit to reduce common inefficiencies.
This program is a free service to our residential customers. A KPUB representative will inspect your home and with a written report, make recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the home. All aspects of the home are evaluated. Residential energy audits will be scheduled during normal business hours according to staff availability. KPUB staff does not make repairs to customer’s equipment. An energy audit can be a valuable tool to help you understand your energy usage and resulting bill.
Some of the items inspected are:
The number one energy consumer in the typical home is the heating and air conditioning system. Changing filters and using economical thermostat settings save money!
Recommended: R-38, approximately 12”. Additional insulation can be added to existing insulation to save money.
Allows summertime heat to escape; reduces the heat load on the house, ductwork and extends shingle life. Most homes need more ventilation.
Lower thermostat settings to 120⁰ F. Wrap exposed pipes and add a blanket to the tank.
Seal drafty doors and windows with weather-stripping and caulking. Install double pane windows and treat with tinting or Low-E coating to reduce summer heat gain and winter heat loss.
Replace incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs or newer light-emitting diode (LED) lights. Compact fluorescent lamps are now available for regular light sockets and save 50% – 75% of lighting costs. LED lights also have a much longer life with lower heat output & wattage reductions approaching 90%.
Cleaning the coil under the refrigerator will help it run cooler and more efficiently. Disconnect the power first!
Outside equipment, well pumps and aerobic-type septic pumps can be overlooked as they are seldom visible and can significantly affect the bill.