October is Energy Action Month

Friday October 14, 2016

 

Last year, President Obama declared October to be Energy Action Month, a time when Americans are encouraged to take steps to reduce their energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions. In this second October of focused energy strategy, agencies across the federal government are working to make their operations greener and more sustainable, helping the environment and reducing taxpayer energy costs.

Taken as a whole, the federal government is the United States’ largest energy consumer, spending more than $17 billion every year on energy for its vehicles, equipment and half-million facilities. That’s why the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has adopted the slogan, “Lead By Example” -- by reducing its own energy use, FEMP hopes to turn America’s biggest energy consumer into its greenest.

Take Action

Here are just a few of the household energy conservation steps you can plan for during Energy Action Month:

Today

- Turn down your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit

- Schedule annual maintenance for your furnace or heat pump

- Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs

- Turn off the lights in empty rooms

- Use energy-saving settings on your computer

 

This Month

- Insulate your hot water pipes

- Insulate your heating ducts

- Seal up air leaks in ducts, doors and windows

- Schedule a household energy audit

 

This Year

- Replace aging, inefficient appliances with Energy Star-certified models

- Upgrade energy-inefficient windows

- Plant shade trees along the sunny side of the house to reduce air conditioning costs

 

Looking for more tips? Ready to schedule that energy audit? Contact Chapple Electric to get started!


 

 

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