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Oct. 5 Proclaimed Kansas Energy Efficiency Day
Kansas Ag Connection - 10/02/2018

Monday, Governor Jeff Colyer signed a proclamation designating October 5 as Kansas Energy Efficiency Day. In observance, the public is invited to attend an Energy Efficiency Expo on the south lawn of the Kansas Statehouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday to learn more about the benefits of energy efficiency.

The Expo is free to attend and will feature demonstrations and interactive displays designed to highlight ways people can save energy and money by making their homes more efficient. There will also be giveaways and drawings. Nineteen exhibitors will participate in the event, sponsored by the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Energy Program through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Attendees can learn more about these energy saving ideas and many others at the Expo:

- By switching five of your home's most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified LEDs, it's possible to save $75 on energy costs annually.

- Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors to save up to 20% on heating costs.

- Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down airflow, making the system work harder to keep you warm (or cool) and costing you more money.

- Open curtains/shade on your west-and south-facing windows during the day this winter to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and save 2%-12%.

- Install a programmable thermostat to heat and cool more efficiently when you are away or asleep. Follow the U.S. Department of Energy recommended temperatures for year round efficiency.

On a national level, Energy Efficiency Day debuted in 2016 as a collaborative effort between government agencies, businesses, utilities, and individuals working to promote energy efficiency and cut consumer costs.

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