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Energy Conservation

Vonnie Sweeney, Lead Customer Accounts-BillingEnergy efficiency and conservation go a long way toward preserving our natural resources, promoting a healthy environment, and saving money.

Suggestions for lower energy use in our homes and businesses include replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones, installing better weather stripping, increasing the thickness of insulation, setting the thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit and lowering the water heater thermostat's temperature to 120 degrees.

MEA is in the process of applying to become an ENERGY STAR® partner. ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that is helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

You could use 30% LESS energy in your home just by using energy more wisely and purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR label. You can find the ENERGY STAR® on refrigerators, clothes washers, computers, dishwashers, room air conditioners, TVs, VCRs, dehumidifiers, lighting, ceiling fans, and more!

Where does your home use energy?

Nationwide, about half of your energy goes toward heating and cooling.

Americans' energy use breaks down like this:

* 49% Heating/air conditioning
* 13% Water heater
* 10% Lighting
* 8% Other
* 7% Electronics
* 6% Clothes washer & dryer
* 5% Refrigerator
* 2% Dishwasher

Source: Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2001, US Department of Energy.

Photo above left: Vonnie Sweeney, Lead Customer Accounts-Billing


Another View

With our severe winters, the figure for home heating in Alaska may be higher. Some say as much as 60% of your combined electric and gas bills go for heating (and in some cases, cooling).

In this section of MEA's website, you will find additional suggestions for reducing your energy consumption, and some helpful links to additional resources.