Avoid winter of discontent with easy energy savings

October 19, 2010 11:04:00 AM

Ryan Poe - rpoe@cdispatch.com

 

As the air chills, many Golden Triangle residents are bracing for a winter of discontent with their utility bills. 

 

But what some people don''t realize is that saving energy and money can be as simple as turning out the lights when you leave a room. 

 

Although energy saving can be easy, Mississippi was ranked next to last in a recent energy efficiency study of states by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. 

 

The state, which ranks 31st in population, is ninth in per capita electric use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

 

Locally, the average 4-County Electric Power Association member uses the energy of about 2.4 people annually, estimated 4-County spokesman Jon Turner. 

 

There are many ways to save on energy costs, but one of the easiest is to understand your electric use, Turner said. 

 

"Everyone''s situation is different," he continued. "Weather also plays a factor. Extreme heat -- like temperatures seen all summer long -- or cold means heating and cooling units run longer and use more energy." 

 

 

 

How to save energy 

 

Turner said homeowners should ask themselves the following questions to find ways to conserve energy: