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Rep. Kawasaki's E-News: Energy Edition

Dear Neighbors,

The chill is in the air! I’ve always found this to be an exciting time in Fairbanks, mixed with preparations for winter and final autumn celebrations and cook outs. With the high cost of energy at the front of our minds I wanted to share some tips and resources on how to best prepare your home for the cold months ahead. And, did you know? Since 1991 October has been nationally recognized as Energy Awareness Month. By weatherizing and increasing energy efficiency we can all reduce some of the costly fuel and electricity we consume. October is just around the corner, so start thinking now about how you can improve your energy savings.

Quick, easy tips for saving energy and weatherizing your home:

  • Use a timer when you plug in your vehicle
  • Make sure all your light bulbs are CFLs
  • Turn off computers when not in use
  • Avoid “phantom” power loads by unplugging all appliances when not in use
  • Seal around window panes and doors to avoid drafts
  • Install foam insulators behind all wall outlets
  • Insulate your hot water heater and pipes
  • You can also follow this link to find even more easy tips on how to save energy.

Feel like you’ve done all the easy steps and still want to save more?

Contact Interior Weatherization to discuss weatherizing your home, or GVEA to schedule an energy audit of your home or business. You will be able to see exactly where you are losing heat and using excessive electricity. I have heard from hundreds of happy home and business owners for the help received from these state grants and loans. The Legislature has made over several hundreds of millions of dollars available to homeowners and businesses in just a few short years.  I am hopeful that we continue to make this a successful opportunity for all Alaskan families. I want to see Fairbanks thrive and know that we must be proactive in lowering our cost of energy.

Solar Home Tour

If you are interested in learning more about saving energy and implementing renewable energy sources I encourage you to attend the Solar Homes Tour taking place October 6th from 10am – 4pm. This is a free, educational service open to everyone in the community. Grab some friends, carpool, and enjoy the self-guided tour of some impressive solar projects in the Fairbanks area. 

Please Continue to Contact Our Office

Always feel free to call, email or drop by my office. Your thoughts and feedback are important to me.

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
District 9 - Fairbanks

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