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October 5, 2017



Engineering Extension promotes national Energy Efficiency Day

By David Carter

The theme of the second national Energy Efficiency Day on Oct. 5 is "Save energy, save money."

Debuting in 2016, Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, business, utilities and individuals working to promote energy efficiency, meet our energy needs, cut consumer bills and reduce pollution. In 2016, more than 175 organizations actively supported the event.

K-State Engineering Extension is supporting the 2017 Energy Efficiency Day by providing energy education to K-12 schools and Kansas' small businesses and government organizations. Through a partnership with the Kansas Corporation Commission, Engineering Extension's Kansas Energy Program provides no-cost energy assessments for small businesses and assists in applying for federal funds to implement energy efficiency projects. Since 2016, the Kansas Energy Program has conducted 36 energy assessments, encompassing more than 284,000 square feet and identifying savings of more than 1,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. The Kansas Energy Program also has published articles and presented energy education at more than 26 public events, reaching up to 9,600 people.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Saver: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home is one source to identify ways you can improve your energy efficiency.

Engineering Extension's top five energy efficiency tips:

  1. Turn it off! This is the simplest and lowest cost method of saving energy.
  2. Programmable thermostats. Changing settings during unoccupied times results in significant savings.
  3. Go LED. LED bulbs have come a long way in both technology and cost efficiency. The initial cost of an LED bulb is offset by its longevity and efficiency, because LEDs last 25 times longer and are 75 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
  4. Plug the leaks. A well-sealed and insulated building leaks less heat in the winter, and less chilled air in the summer.
  5. Perhaps most importantly, increase your awareness of energy efficiency. One frequently cited mantra in the business world is "You can't manage what you don't measure." Take a tour around your home and office and note where improvements can be made.

To learn more or for assistance, contact the Kansas Energy Program at ksenergyprog@k-state.edu or 785-532-4998.