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DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate offers winter energy-saving checklist with activities for families

Date Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Categories:  Division of Energy and Climate DNREC

DOVER – Beat cabin fever over the long holiday weekend and throughout the winter by participating in the Division of Energy & Climate’s Snuggle up and Save Winter Energy-Saving Checklist. With this room-by-room checklist, families can reduce their home’s energy use, save money on utilities and help protect the environment.

“Our homes lose heat and energy in ways we don’t immediately realize – through leaky windows or electric chargers that are left plugged in when they’re not being used. Combined with our rush to keep warm in the winter, this can mean higher energy use and more costly energy bills,” said Energy Section Program Administrator Rob Underwood, Division of Energy & Climate. “You don’t pay for energy you don’t use, so why use more than you need?”

“Most of the actions on this list are no-cost, and home improvements like weatherstripping and foam socket covers cost less than $10 at your local hardware store,” Underwood continued. He noted that many families can cut their energy bills up to 30 percent by making basic energy efficiency upgrades or taking energy conservation measures. In addition, good energy habits are environmentally responsible and set a great example of conservation and stewardship for children.

A printable copy of the checklist can be found here, on the Division of Energy & Climate’s Energy Efficiency webpage, or at www.facebook.com/EnergyClimateDE. Kids who complete at least two items in each room will earn their Certified Energy Saver certificate, mailed to their home upon request. Parents and guardians are also invited to tweet pictures of completed tasks @EnergyClimateDE or tag the Division of Energy & Climate on Facebook. To receive a completion certificate, email outreachdec@state.de.us or call 302-735-3480.

Activities on the checklist include:
• Put throws or blankets in common areas to snuggle up in, instead of turning up the heat.
• Unplug electric chargers and electronics that are fully charged or aren’t being used.
• Organize a carpool with neighbors and friends.
• Draw a map of your town, including stores, schools and other places traveled on a regular basis. Plan out a route that covers daily trips with the shortest path and the least fuel.

Visit DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate webpage for more programs, including the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income families and the Sustainable Energy Utility, both of which provide support for improving home energy efficiency. Additionally, visit Clean Transportation to learn about incentives for emissions-saving electric cars and alternative fuels.

For more information, contact the Division of Energy & Climate at 302-735-3480 or email outreachdec@state.de.us.

Media contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Vol. 47, No. 15

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