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Use Less Electricity Today, Save in the Future (10/1/2012)

October is National Energy Awareness Month

In honor of National Energy Awareness Month in October, Sturgeon Bay Utilities is encouraging residential and business customers to make smart energy choices that support the economy, protect the environment and increase energy independence.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans are expected to use 20 to 50 percent more electricity and gas over the next 25 years.

By making modest changes, American households, businesses and governments could save 10 to 30 percent on their energy bills, reduce the need for additional energy infrastructure and keep future costs down, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, according to the EPA.

“Encouraging energy efficiency is a responsibility that SBU takes seriously,” said Jim Stawicki, General Manager. “Our residential and commercial customers have access to programs that help with the cost of installing new energy-efficient appliances, lighting and other improvements.”

SBU recommends the following simple steps toward a more energy-efficient home or business.

At home:

  • Cut back on heating and cooling costs. A programmable thermostat, set to about 78 in the warmer months and 70 degrees in the winter months (plus or minus eight degrees, especially when no one is home or while sleeping), can reduce costs by as much as 10 percent.
  • Use less hot water. Set the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees F. Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes. Run the dishwasher in the evening and skip the dishwasher’s “dry” cycle and pull out the racks for dishes to air dry overnight.
  • Use the free online tool Home Energy Suite to identify more ways to save.

At work:

  • Review electricity and fuel bills. Target the largest energy consumption area for energy conservation measures.
  • Switch off all unnecessary lights. Use dimmers, motion sensors, or occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lighting when not in use to reduce energy use and costs.
  • Verify that the building’s energy management system switches into setback mode during unoccupied hours.

For additional information about energy-saving programs, call visit Energy Saver$ website.

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