October is Energy Awareness Month
Sturgeon Bay Utilities is encouraging local businesses and residents to learn about smarter energy management practices during October, which is National Energy Awareness Month.
Energy Awareness Month started in 1991 with a presidential proclamation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy to promote public awareness of the Nationís energy needs and available energy options. The 2011 Energy Awareness Month theme, Turn Words into Action; Turn Action into Results, encourages consumers to not only review their own daily routines and consumption habits, but to inspire change and join with others to use less energy.
We encourage residents and businesses to get a jump start on energy savings by evaluating their energy needs and making simple improvements to increase efficiency. We offer the following suggestions to manage and use less energy:
Homeowners and businesses can identify additional ways to use less and save by taking advantage of the many programs and services offered by SBU. Local residents can visit our Home Energy Suite by clicking here and take a closer look at their home energy consumption and review scenarios that will help them save. Businesses are encouraged to take advantage of specialized energy management programs and services available through SBU including technical assistance, energy audits, and more.
- Select and use energy-efficient office equipment and turn off office machines when not in use.
- Set the computerís operating system to power down or go into sleep mode when not in use and avoid using screen savers because they waste energy.
- Limit the use of small appliances like space heaters, personal printers, fans and more in the office.
- Plug home and work electronics into power strips and turn the power strip off when not in use.
- Install a programmable thermostat or energy management system to automatically manage the temperature.
- Switch to ENERGY STARģ qualified compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Invest in ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and electronics.
For additional information about energy-saving programs contact us at (920) 746-2820.