Energy Conservation

For families on a tight budget, home energy costs can be a large yearly expense. Low-income families struggle with rising fuel, electricity and utility prices the most. We help families through a comprehensive approach of energy assistanceenergy conservation through Weatherization and energy education. Reducing energy use lowers heating, cooling, electric and gas bills, and can save families money.

As a homeowner, there are numerous things you can do to save energy.  Some simple and common practices include:

  • Install switch and plug gaskets on outside walls to reduce drafts.
  • Spray foam around openings, such as plumbing penetrations, that are not sealed.
  • Install weather strips and door sweeps on drafty doors.
  • Caulk around windows and/or install window kits to block air flow.
  • Unplug chargers and appliances when not in use, such as TV’s, microwaves, DVR boxes, etc.
  • Replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL bulbs.
  • Upgrade your old appliances to energy-star rated ones.
  • Change your furnace filter every 30 days.
  • Install, and use, a programmable thermostat.
  • Clean your refrigerator grill regularly to allow proper air flow so it can work efficiently.

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission staff have put together a comprehensive set of resources to help families learn about energy conservation, including tip sheets of practical things families can do to save energy and have a healthier, safer home. The resources below are pdf files and require Adobe Reader (a free download) to view:

Energy Saving Tips

Low Cost Weatherization Measures

Staying Warm

Space Heaters

Energy Vampires

Green Driving

Energy Conservation in the Laundry and Kitchen

For more information on energy education resources and workshops, contact your county Neighborhood Center.

 

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