Residential Energy Education Program
The goal of this program is to reduce the energy costs of low-income customers of Xcel Energy by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.
Typical items addressed through this program may include thermostats, light bulbs, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc.
Clients need to be eligible through the Weatherization Program to qualify for this program.
Tips to Save Energy Today
Here are some easy low-cost and no-cost ways to start saving energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
- Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use - TVs and DVD players in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air dry clothes.
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Look for ENERGY STAR label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding and rapid acceleration or braking wastes fuel.