This week, Heartland and our customers join more than 2,000 communities across the nation in celebrating an American tradition that works: public power. Public Power Week (Oct. 7-13) is a chance to remind citizens the important role the utility plays in the community. Key components of public power formula include low-cost, reliable and community owned. Heartland and our customers are dedicated to providing top-notch service and the lowest rates possible.
Heartland marked Public Power Week by partnering with the city of Madison to improve one of the city’s parks. Yesterday afternoon, Heartland staff stained an enclosed picnic shelter at the local swimming pool park. The activity was also part of our company’s wellness program, to participate in a community-based volunteer opportunity.
Heartland also submitted press releases to each of our customers’ local newspapers touting the advantages of public power and offering several energy saving tips, below.
- When buying new products, look for the ENERGY STAR® label which can be found on appliances, home electronics, office equipment, windows, heating and cooling systems and more. For example, an ENERGY STAR clothes washer can cut related energy costs by about a third.
- Keep your heating system operating at peak performance with a pre-season check-up. Fall is the perfect time to hire a professional to make sure everything is working properly, preventing future problems. In addition, change your furnace filters monthly. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage equipment, leading to early failure.
- Seal air ducts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren’t insulated and travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings. Pre-program settings to regulate the temperature in summer and winter as well as when you’re asleep or awake. According to ENERGY STAR, a programmable thermostat can net savings of up to $180 per year when used properly.
- Properly insulate your home to increase comfort while reducing heating and cooling costs. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation which will help create a more uniform temperature throughout the home. A quick way to determine if you need more is to look across the span of your attic. If your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists, you should probably add more.
- Trees can help you save energy by shading and/or providing windbreaks. Plant trees on the south, east and/or west sides of your home. Be sure to shade the AC unit. Evergreen trees and shrubs are good for creating windbreaks to stop cold winds.