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Senator Wielechowski Urges Alaskans to Invest in Low-Cost Strategies To Save Energy and Money

(JUNEAU) -  At a special presentation March 3 to the Senate Resources Committee, state energy experts described simple and affordable steps Alaskans can take to lower their energy costs. 

"For a small investment, Alaskans can cut their energy costs significantly," said Senator Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, co-chair of the Resources Committee.  "For example, for $100 worth of caulking, weatherstripping, high-efficiency light bulbs, and a couple of other items Alaskans can save about $650 a year."

He urged Alaskans to educate themselves about these simple steps by visiting websites that outline energy savings opportunities.  One such site is www.energysaver.gov.  Another is www.energystar.gov.

"Low-income Alaskans can also take advantage of the state's weatherization program," said Wielechowski.  "There is no charge for this program, it's open to both renters and homeowners, and consumers can save $500 a year on their energy bills." (More information is available at www.ahfc.state.ak.us.)

Another program which helps Alaskans is the Home Energy Rebate Program, administered by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.  Under this program, homeowners can get a rebate of up to $10,000 after making energy efficiency improvements to their homes.  Wielechowski noted that information about this program can be found at www.akrebate.com or by calling 1-877-AKREBATE.

People who purchase certain energy-efficient products or renewable energy systems may also be eligible for up to $1,500 in federal tax credits. However, these credits expire on December 31, 2010, so Wielechowski suggested that Alaskans act soon.  For more details, people should go to Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.

For more information, call Senator Wielechowski or Michelle Sydeman at 465-6881.

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