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Energy Saving and Energy Assistance Information

Energy Saving

By becoming energy efficient, you not only reduce your utility bills and increase your indoor comfort, but you also help the environment. Here are some simple ways you can become more energy and cost efficient.

  1. Turn your thermostat down. For every one degree you turn it down, you’ll save about 3% off your heating cost.

  2. Turn off lights as you leave the rooms. Lighting, cooking, and other appliances account for about 33% of a home’s energy bill. Using them less saves you money.

  3. Microwave foods rather than use the oven. It takes less time to microwave and therefore takes less power.

  4. Wash only full loads.

  5. Turn down the temperature of your water heater. Water heating typically accounts for 14% of your utility bill. You may be paying to heat it to a higher temperature than you really need.

  6. Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. If you replace just 25% of your lights in high-use areas with fluorescence, you can save about 50% of your lighting energy bill. Cost $7 - $20 per bulb.

  7. Wrap your water heater with a water heater-insulating blanket. This is one of the cheapest ways to save money fast. It may pay for itself in 3-6 months. Cost: $10 - $15.

  8. Insulate the first three feet of hot AND cold water pipes going into the water heater. The pipes going into your water heater conduct heat out of the heater and into the air just like a spoon in a cup of hot coffee. Foam pipe wraps are cheap, easy to install, and control the heat loss from metal pipes. Cost: $2.50

  9. Seal around windows and doors. Poorly sealed houses allow heated or cooled air to escape through gaps.

  10. Caulking reduces uncomfortable drafts, and high utility bills. Cost: $10 - $25.

  11. Go to www.eere.energy.gov. This web site has lots of great information at no charge. "Random weatherizing" — that is, investing in home improvements without a plan, can sometimes cost you more money than you’ll save in reduced energy bills.

  12. Ask an energy expert for advice: Call 1-877-337-3463, or email questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Your specific questions may be answered by knowledgeable folks at the U.S. Department of Energy for no charge.

  13. Find out more about energy savings. Here are a few web sites to check out: www.ase.org/consumer and aceee.org/consumerguide


Energy Assistance Information

If you are having trouble paying your utility bills, you may qualify for one of the following programs:

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) 1-800-246-4221
Assists low income families by providing payments directly to fuel supplier. The amount of the benefit is based on the type of fuel, monthly income and the number of people in the household. Each household can also receive a one-time benefit of up to $400 to alleviate a heat-related crisis such as shut-off notice, tank hook-up etc. LIEAP clients are also eligible for Weatherization assistance. Applications are confidential and may be obtained by calling the toll free number above.

Energy Share of Wyoming
Energy assistance to those who do not qualify for LIEAP and are experiencing a situation such as a medical or family crisis, which makes it difficult to pay their energy bills. Funded by utility companies, customers, local businesses and private donations. Applications are taken through the local Salvation Army or Utility Company. For more information call 1-877-461-5719.

Veteran's Exemption
An honorably discharged veteran who has been a bona fide Wyoming resident for at least three years that provides discharge papers serving during designated dates or receiving authorized medals may qualify for a Veteran's Exemption in reference to taxes. For more information contact your local County Assessor's Office.

Property Tax Relief Program
All Wyoming counties through the county treasurer will give a property tax rebate based on income, etc. Contact your county treasurer or the State of Wyoming at 1-307-777-7320 for information.

Local Assistance
Local Agencies, organizations, churches may provide assistance. You may obtain a list of those providing utility assistance by calling Pathways Plus/Connect Wyoming at 1-800-889-8309 or check them out online.

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