Senator Kemp Hannon
6th District New York
Senator Hannon Offers Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill

Want to save energy and money this month? Senator Kemp Hannon says that altering the way you use energy and making a few simple changes in your home can help you lower your energy costs and save the environment.

You can use 30 percent less energy in your home just by using energy more wisely and by purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR designation. ENERGY STAR products aim to help us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR when shopping for major appliances and lighting.
Where does your home use energy?

-         60 percent - Air conditioning/ heating

-         16 percent - Water heater

-         12 percent - Refrigerator

-         07 percent - Lights

-         05 percent - Computers, TV, etc.

Keeping warm in the winter can be made easier by following a few simple guidelines. Throughout the winter, making sure your attic and basement are properly insulated can increase energy efficiency tremendously. Weatherproofing/Sealing your home is incredibly important. A well-sealed home can save you money throughout the winter months. Keep drapes and shades open on the sunny side of your home to increase solar heat buildup and close them at night to insulate the heat.

While doing laundry, remember to only wash and dry full loads and rinse with cool water. Using your dishwasher only when it is full and air drying the clean dishes by turning the energy-saver switch on is another way to conserve energy. Buying an ENERGY STAR refrigerator is a smart and eco-friendly investment. Your refrigerator uses the most electricity of all the appliances in your home. A refrigerator purchased in 1990 uses twice the amount of energy needed to operate than an ENERGY STAR model. 

Being smart about the way you use energy in your home can help to put money in your pocket. For more information on lowering your energy costs visit

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Garden City, NY 11530
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