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A home energy checkup is a great way to find out where you can save on your energy bill.

Here are some quick tips to save:

Switch to energy-efficient lighting
Compare lumens, not watts. High-performance compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs produce the same amount of light using much fewer watts - so you can get the light you need while saving on your electric bill.

Plug energy leaks
Weather-strip around doors and windows. Seal air leaks in the attic, basement and around plumbing and wiring access points too.

Conserve hot water
Maintain your water heater at 120F or lower. Quick showers use half the energy of a bath. Install low-flow shower heads and aerated faucets. Repair toilets if the water is running or hot.

Adjust temperatures
A programmable thermostat makes it easy to adjust the thermostat when your home is unoccupied during the day. Keep your heat vents clear and replace furnace filters monthly. Keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use and install glass doors.

Wait for a full load
Run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded. Use the coldest effective water setting. Air dry whenever possible.

Power down
Turn off or unplug computers, battery chargers, or other electronic equipment when they are not in use. To make it easy, plug electronic devices used together into the same power strip.

Focus on energy efficiency
Use Energy Star-rated appliances. Vacuum cooling coils on the refrigerator monthly. When possible, use the microwave instead of the oven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ML&P is a partner in the Alaska Energy Efficiency Partnershipa collaborative effort of more than 20 entities, including state and federal government programs, utilities, state legislative offices, local non-profits, university programs, private businesses and tribal organizations. It is a one-stop shopping website on all things energy efficient, providing homeowners, renters and businesses with the tools and knowledge to be energy efficient here in Alaska .

 

Home Energy Saver
The Home Energy Saver, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, can help you save money, live better and reduce energy use in your home. The interactive site offers advice for Alaska s climate and local energy prices.

Estimating Appliance & Home Electronic Energy Use
Find out how much electricity you use and whether it makes sense for you to invest in more energy-efficient appliances at this U.S. Department of Energy site.

  •      GE Appliance Data Visualization
    Ever wonder what 1 kilowatt hour of electricity will do for your hair dryer; or how much it costs to run your television per year (on average) in Alaska; or how much gas your video game uses in a year? GEs appliance data visualization site quickly paints you a picture.

Help for Alaskan Homeowners & Renters
Alaska homeowners may receive up to $10,000 for making energy-efficient improvements through the Home Rebate Program administered through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. To be placed on the wait list, go to http://www.akrebat.com or call 877-257-3228.

         Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Energy Rebate Program

Free to those who income quality, the Rural Alaska Community Action Program can help improve the warmth, safety, health and comfort of your home through its Weatherization Assistance program. The program helps you identify the cause of drafts and heat loss in your home; offers energy tips to help you reduce costs; and conducts heating system tests and tunes. It also provides smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, air sealing and insulation upgrades. If any person in your household receives Supplemental Security Income, Heating Assistance, Section 8, Food Stamps or Senior Benefits, the household is automatically eligible. Priority is given to elderly or disabled persons, and households with children under the age of 6. Print out the application, and find out more at http://weatherizeme.org/ or call 771-7800.

         Federal Tax Credits, Rebates & Savings
Individuals and businesses can still take advantage of energy efficiency tax credits under the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

         Tax Incentive Assistance Project
Sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other energy-efficiency organizations, TIAP provides information on federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products. 

Conserving Energy in an Emergency
ML&P has joined with Chugach Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association, ENSTAR, Homer Electric Association, the Municipality of Anchorage and other Railbelt governments to ensure that in the event of a temporary problem with natural gas deliverability, a plan is in place to deal with the situation.

There are many steps that the electric utilities will take to reduce non-essential load and gas consumption in the event of an emergency. If these steps do not reduce gas consumption enough, customers will be asked, through a public appeal from government officials, to take voluntary steps to conserve energy. The customer action plan is outlined in this Energy Watch Chart. In addition, ML&P has the ability to generate electricity using diesel fuel.

Simple actions that would be the most helpful in the event of an emergency include lowering the thermostat, turning down the setting on the hot water heater, postponing doing laundry and dish washing, turning off unused lights and electronics, and consolidating family activities into one room of the home.

Public Information Updates in an Emergency
Updated information will be available throughout Southcentral Alaska via radio spots, television commercials, on our website and social media, and the Southcentral Alaska Energy Watch Facebook page.

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