Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Programs


Home Energy Audit


Energy Depot is an integrated suite of online resources designed to answer your energy questions and provide you with the personalized information needed to effectively manage your home’s energy use. Customers can use the online program for helpful ways to reduce electric bills. 
   


EcoSmart Choice Program
  

EcoSmart Choice program is a "green pricing" program offered through American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) which the City of Hudson is a member.  All Hudson Public Power (HPP) customers can help to reduce their carbon footprint and provide a cleaner, healthier, and safer energy supply by support this renewable energy program. 

Where does the renewable energy come from?
This "green pricing" program relies on the use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset customer's electricity usage.  The program currently purchases RECs from hydroelectric, wind and landfill gas facilities. 
 
Does the renewable energy come to my house or business?
No, not directly.  Fifteen to twenty percent of Hudson's Power Portfolio is from sustainable resources.  Participation in the program would increase the percentage.

How much does it cost to participate?
For a minimal cost of $0.007 per kWh, residential customers are able to offset 100% of their electric usage with renewable energy.  
Commercial and Industrial customers can offset a portion of their electric usage through the purchase of "blocks" of RECs.  Each "block" obtained thought the EcoSmart Choice program is equal to 1000 kWH (1 MWh) and is available for an additional $7.00 per block.
 
How do I enroll?
HPP customers can enroll through the EcoSmart Choice website

Fall and Winter Energy Savings Tips


 

Adjust the Temperature 

When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills.

 

Find and Seal Leak

Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.  
Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.

Lower Your Water Heating Costs

Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun

Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.


Winter Weather keeping you indoors? 

Watch movies more efficiently using a computer or DVD player. Game consoles use up to 24 times the power of DVD players and up to seven times more than Blu-Ray players. Streaming online video through a game console can also use up to 10 times more energy than other devices, according to ENERGY STAR.

Don’t waste energy inside when you’re enjoying the great outdoors


The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power electronic devices that are turned off. Use an advanced power strip that completely disconnects the power supply from the source to avoid phantom power when you are away from home.

Lower Your Holiday Lighting Costs

Use light-emitting diode -- or "LED" -- holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.


Fun for Kids


 
Want to be an Energy Star Kid?  Learn more about renewable energy, solar energy and other ways to save our planet through energy saving tips, fun facts, games and trivia through the Energy Star's kids link