Utility Encourages Energy Conservation and Offers Tips to Lower Bills
Wilkes-Barre, PA (March 7, 2007) – In an effort to lower the nation’s energy use, the federal government passed the 2005 Federal Energy Policy Act, which includes advancing Daylight Saving Time to encourage energy savings. Beginning this year, Daylight Saving Time will start on the second Sunday in March, three weeks earlier than the traditional start date. The extra hour of evening daylight is expected to reduce the use of lights, thus reducing power consumption.
Using less energy will definitely help you save on your utility bills. So as you “Spring Forward” by turning your clock an hour ahead this Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m., UGI offers some additional things you can do to conserve energy and lower your bills: • Install energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs in fixtures and lamps that are on for more than 2 hours each day.
• Clean or change your central heating and air conditioning filter monthly.
• Install a programmable thermostat to automatically change temperature settings for reduced energy use while you are at work, sleeping, etc.
• Apply caulk or weatherstripping around doors and windows that leak air. Seal air leaks around pipes, flues and vents that pass through exterior walls.
• Insulate walls, ceilings and attic completely.
• Consider replacing older equipment such as heaters, water heaters, air conditioners and refrigerators with new energy efficient models.
To request a free copy of a booklet titled “More than 100 Ways to Improve Your Electric Bill” customers may call UGI at 570-830-1219.
Customers on a limited or fixed income should call UGI at 1-800-UGI-WARM (1-800-844-9276) to find out if they qualify for free home weatherization services or other energy assistance grants and programs. UGI Utilities Electric Division serves 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and
Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com.