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One way you can "go green" and save money at the same time is to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home. As we continue our series on the environment, KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with an energy conservation specialist who offers some practical tips for slashing your energy bill.
It's hot. No question about it. So, wherever you are, it's likely you want the air conditioning on. Even so, there are some ways you can reduce the amount of energy you use, even during the hottest month of the year. Cara Shaefer is the director of energy management and conservation for City Utilities of Springfield. She says even raising your home's thermostat a single degree can impact your bill.
And if you're cooling your home during the day when no one's there, you may be wasting energy. Shaefer says when you're leaving the house for an extended period of time, consider raising the temperature setting on the thermostat...that will reduce the number of times the air conditioning kicks on throughout the day.
Another quick and easy way to cut back on your energy usage is to consider turning off all those items around your home that consume energy even when they're not actively in use. Shaefer says you can consolidate the power source for those items and make it easy to turn them off when you leave home.
For a more extensive look at how you can reduce your energy bill, Shaefer says C.U. can send in the professionals for a HomeSense Energy Audit.
Shaefer says checking for adequate insulation is important when evaluating the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. And if you're in the market for new appliances, Shaefer says it's worth investigating the savings associated with energy star rated appliances.
C.U. offers a series of rebates and incentives for making your home more energy efficient. The idea is to defray some of the upfront costs associated with making changes to your home. Information about the rebate and incentive programs and the HomeSense Energy audit is online. We have a link from our website KSMU.org