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Oct 09

October is Energy Action Month: Tips for Taking Action

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 1:54 PM by Lisa Orr


Are you dreading the approaching cooler weather and the prospect of higher utility bills?Taking proactive action now to make your home more energy efficient is one way to take charge and lift your spirits. October is historically Energy Action Month!

Why is energy efficiency important? While energy efficiency will help your household directly by lowering your utility bills, it also helps our nation by reducing the amount of energy that needs to be produced. This can lead to fewer fossil fuel power plants, cleaner air, and lower planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, it creates jobs. Did you know that energy efficiency work has created 67,061 jobs in Maryland, and 2.2 million jobs across the U.S.?

Here are some ways you can take action during Energy Action Month or any other month:

  •  A best first step is to get a Potomac Edison no-cosQuick Home Energy Check-upor better yet, a reduced cost $100 Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) Audit. You'll receive up to 14 LED light bulbs plus getting a HPwES audit makes you eligible for a 75% rebate (up to $7,500) on recommended energy saving home improvements!
  • Do you prefer to DIY? If soRule Your Attic! This web page shows you to find out whether or not your home has adequate insulation. If you don't, the site provides a series of very short how-to videos on sealing and insulating your attic. One of the most important places to air seal and insulate is your attic access point. Here's how to seal and insulate drop-down attic stairsan attic hatch, or an attic door.
  • Take Frederick County's Power Saver ChallengeThis online tool guides and informs you step-by-step through a wide variety of energy-saving behaviors and actions. The "Read more" links connect you to how-to videos, additional resources, and financial incentives. You'll earn points and medals along the way and be able to see estimates of how your actions turn into beneficial savings including utility bill, water, gasoline, and carbon emissions savings. Many actions are "Renter-Friendly" too!

More information is available at Energy.gov's Energy Efficiency webpageYou can try out their Appliance Energy Calculator, check out their detailed instructions for Do-It-Yourself Energy Saving Projects, and review Tips for Renters and Property Owners.  Are you smarter than a 5thgrader? Here are a few energy quizzes that can raise your awareness about energy locally and globally: Energy Kids QuizEnergy Awareness QuizExxonMobil Energy Quizzes.  Follow us on FacebookTwitter , and Instagram for more energy tips throughout Energy Action Month.