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