The message is simple. “Save Energy. Save Money.” Today, October 5, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) is celebrating the second annual Energy Efficiency (EE) Day – a national awareness campaign promoting the benefits of energy-efficient products, technologies and services.
Why Energy Efficiency? Whether you are a homeowner or a business, it’s the most cost-effective and quickest way for you to save money, drive innovation and productivity, support a cleaner environment, and reduce dependence on imported oil. Importantly, it does so without sacrifice – energy efficiency enables us to do more while using less energy.
An energy-efficient economy is free to thrive and innovate. Nationally, electricity use was 5 percent lower in 2016 than in 2010, while the U.S. economy grew almost 13 percent over those years, demonstrating that efficiency and economic growth go hand-in-hand.
Reducing the energy used by manufacturers, homes and businesses benefits everyone – especially energy bill payers. The average household, for example, saves almost $500 every year from efficiency standards for common appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and water heaters.
Here’s an easy way to make a BIG difference: did you know that something as simple as changing one incandescent light bulb in your home for an LED bulb could add up to real savings? EE Day offers a national light bulb challenge. Take the challenge and shed new light on your journey into efficiency!
EE Day is developed and supported by organizations, companies, and government agencies across the nation to promote energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security. Visit Energy Efficiency Day online for a complete list of partnering organizations.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet offers resources for consumers, schools, commercial and industrial consumers online, at energy.ky.gov. For more information, contact Lee Colten, Lee.Colten@ky.gov.