Energy Efficiency ProgramsThere are many resources available to see how energy efficient your home is. Below are a few helpful resources:
Home Energy Audit
- Energy Star's Home Energy Yardstick, a simple assessment of your homes annual energy use
- Department of Energy's Home Energy Save Tool, many resources to save electric use, water, heat and cooling and changes to design.
- Department of Energy's Appliance and Electronic Usage Tool, an appliance energy calculator
EcoSmart Choice ProgramEcoSmart Choice program is a "green pricing" program offered through American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP), of 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 supporting this renewable energy program. For more information, please go to EcoSmart Choice Energy program.
Want to enroll?
HPP customers can enroll through the EcoSmart Choice website. HPP customers can only enroll at 100%.
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.
Summer Energy Savings Tips
Adjust the Temperature
- Set your thermostat at high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78 degrees Fahrenheit only when you are at the home and need cooling.
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.
Use your Windows to Gain Cool Air and Keep Out Heat
- On cooler nights, turn off your cooling system and open windows while sleeping.
- Install window covering to prevent heat gain through your windows.
Avoid Heating your Home with Appliances and Lighting
- On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove or grill outside
Avoid Wasting 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.
Lighting SolutionsLight your home using the same amount of light for less money. An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.
For more information on the types of light bulbs and how each will say you money, go to Lighting Choices to Save you Money