Governor Kathleen Sebelius challenges Kansans to reduce their energy consumption this week for "Energy Awareness Week."
She says a good way to lower heating costs this winter is to turn off lights and pay attention to where your thermostat is set - The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting it at 68 degrees. A good way to control that is with a programmable thermostat.
Other good tips include:
-Checking weather stripping on doors and windows.
-Set water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.
-Open shades and draperies on south-facing windows during the day and close them at night to reduce heat loss.
-Check filters on your heating system monthly, replacing them every 30-45 days as necessary.
-Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
-Add insulation to attics, walls, and floors.
-Install low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators and dampers in chimneys.
-Wrap ducts, pipes and water heaters in insulating "blankets."
For more tips: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer