Public Power Week

Cleveland Utilities is joining more than 2,000 other not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week during the week of October 7-13. Public Power Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Public Power Association to celebrate the benefits of hometown, community-owned electric utilities. To mark this week, Cleveland Utilities offers a few tips on how to save energy and money in your home while caring for the environment:

--Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking. Be sure your house is properly insulated — you can save up to 20 percent on heating/cooling bills, and make your home more comfortable.

--Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or air conditioning filter will slow airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.

--Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10 percent on cooling and heating costs.

--Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water in a washer uses 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes. According to Energy Star, switching to cold water can save an estimated $30-$40 every year.

--Use energy-efficient light bulbs such as halogen incandescents and LEDs to reduce energy use by as much as 80 percent.

--Turn off all lights, appliances, and electronics, not in use. Better still, use a power strip and turn off devices and lights that are not in use to cut standby power to save $100 a year on your electricity bill.

For more resources, visit www.PublicPower.org/EERC. “We know using energy wisely to lower monthly electric bills is important to Cleveland residents,” said CU Energy Service Advisor Ashley Sermons. “While we are sharing these tips during Public Power Week, we hope our community will keep an eye on energy efficiency all year round.” Cleveland Utilities offers a variety of programs to help customers use energy wisely. Our most popular program is eScore. Through this program, customers can utilize the option of learning more about their home with a free energy inspection and potential rebate with energy upgrades via TVA approved contractors. “This program is likely to assist customers with an energy upgrade they plan on doing in their home anyway. The opportunity to offer a rebate is especially inviting,” said CU Supervisor of Customer Relations Jamie Creekmore. Customers interested in participating in eScore may do so by visiting www.2eScore.com, or for other programs such as heat pump financing call 423-472-4521