Frankfort, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2004) – October is Energy Awareness Month. The timing couldn’t be more appropriate. Soaring gasoline prices and forecasted increases in winter heating bills have focused attention on America’s energy needs.
There are easy, inexpensive things you can do to get your house ready for cold weather. Put weather stripping and caulk around doors and windows. Change furnace filters and check ductwork for leaks. To avoid heating or cooling an empty house, use an ENERGY STAR® qualified programmable thermostat.
Fit your five most frequently used lights with bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR®. Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs will save 10 percent to 15 percent on your electric bill. They last for 10 years and use a third less energy than incandescent.
Look for ENERGY STAR® on appliances, heating and cooling equipment, home electronics, lighting and office equipment. ENERGY STAR® products cost less when you consider the money you save on energy bills.
The Bluegrass Energy Expo will be held Oct. 16 and 17 at the Lexington Convention Center. It will feature exhibits, workshops, a trade show and demonstrations of how investing in energy efficiency can save money and increase your home's comfort and value.
The Kentucky Division of Energy has information and expertise on energy efficiency in homes, businesses and industries. See its Web site at www.energy.ky.gov or phone (800) 282-0868.