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New Ulm Public Utilities (NUPU) are celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek) October 3-9, along with the American Public Power Association and more than 2,000 other community-owned, nonprofit power companies who collectively provide power to 49 million Americans.

This year we recognize the people behind public power. Our dedicated employees from various departments take care of offering customers the best possible service at low cost. On the occasion of Public Power Week, NUPU offers these tips on how to save energy and money in your home while protecting the environment and the community in which we live:

• Close energy leaks with gaskets and gaskets and make sure your house is properly insulated – you can save up to 20 percent on heating / cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.

• Clean or change the filter regularly. A dirty stove or air conditioning filter will slow the flow of air and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.

• Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10 percent on cooling and heating costs.

• Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water in a washing machine uses 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes. According to Energy Star, switching to cold water can save you $ 30 to $ 40 each year.

• Use energy efficient light bulbs like LEDs to reduce energy consumption by up to 80 percent.

• Turn off all unused lights, devices, and electronics. Better still, use a power strip and turn off unused appliances and lights to cut off standby power, better known as VAMPIRE LOADS, to save $ 100 a year on your utility bill.

• To save energy at home, replace lightbulbs with energy-saving bulbs. LED lights use up to 90% less energy than light bulbs and last up to 25 times longer

• Save energy by switching off all unused electrical devices and disconnecting them from the mains.

“We know that it is important for the residents of Neu-Ulm to use energy sensibly in order to lower their monthly electricity bills.” said Kris Manderfeld-Utilities Director. “As we share these tips during Public Power Week, we hope our community will keep an eye on energy efficiency year-round.”

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