The City is celebrating Public Power Week, October 2-8, along with the American Public Power Association and more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans. Public Power Week is an annual national observance coordinated by the American Public Power Association. This year, we are focusing on educating the next generation of public power customers.
To mark Public Power Week, Hudson Public Power have tips on how to save energy in your home while caring for the environment:
- Residents can add occupancy sensors to replace the traditional switches which will turn off lighting of unoccupied rooms.
- Replacing your furnace filter during times of high usage will allow your furnace to operate more efficiently.
- Install a programmable thermostat to allow heating and cooling equipment to operate less during times your away from home and asleep.
- Swap out incandescent bulbs for new LED bulbs. According to the Department of Energy, they use up to 90% less energy.
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer to save energy and money on your power bill.
- Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them. They are sometimes drawing “phantom power,” which wastes energy.
- Your home’s water heater is a big energy user. Make sure to use cold water when you can and turn off the hot water while you are washing your hands.
Hudson Public Power (HPP) provides reliable service to its approximately 6,400 electric customers. This system is composed of 100 miles of overhead and 60 miles of underground wire. The HPP system is connected to the nation's power grid through two points of entry, a rare occurrence in municipal systems. This design redundancy allows for the rapid rerouting of electric service should a failure or voltage irregularities occur.