Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
You are here: Home KySEA Blog Report: Energy Efficiency Could Earn KY Families Hundreds of Dollars
Navigation
Why did you join KySEA?
Kentucky Conservation Committee Kentucky Conservation Committee

"The Kentucky Conservation Committee supports sustainable goals, energy diversification and pollution reduction. We have confidence that the Commonwealth can benefit economically from the production and use of renewable energy and that our citizens can enjoy a higher quality of life, security and recreation, by seeking cleaner energy sources and greater energy efficiency."

Read more...

View more
 

Report: Energy Efficiency Could Earn KY Families Hundreds of Dollars

by Martin Richards — last modified Mar 16, 2010 09:33 PM
Filed Under:

Conservation groups backing new federal energy efficiency standards have been saying for months that those standards would save money for Kentucky families. Those who oppose the legislation say it would cost consumers more. It turns out both are right, according to new research from the Consumer Federation of America.

FRANKFORT, Ky 

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - KY

 

Report author Mark Cooper, who is the research director for the Consumer Federation, crunched the numbers on the costs of better appliances and insulation against the price of electricity, and found bottom-line savings. He says the most bucks are saved with a 30 percent increase in efficiency.

"Now, it's not free - you have to spend money to make money. On net, however, they'll end up at the end of the year with $300 more in their pocket."

Cooper explains that efficiency is simply a profitable investment.

"The cost of getting more efficiency in the building - more insulation, higher-efficiency appliances and so forth - is less than the cost of consuming the energy."

Cooper says natural gas savings for Kentuckians using the same equation would be about 60 dollars. 

He notes that his numbers are based on assessments from federal research and from organizations that are not lobbying for, or against, energy legislation.

The full report, "Building on the Success of Energy Efficiency Programs to Ensure an Affordable Energy Future," is at www.consumerfed.org

 

Document Actions
Calendar of Events

Larger version

Clean energy stories
Energy Efficiency Job Training Energy Efficiency Job Training

Millard Area Technology Center in Pikeville, Kentucky has begun training energy auditors who will work to increase area homes’ energy efficiency. Millard’s 40-hour certification track equips students with the ability to perform blower-door tests, carbon monoxide checks and furnace inspections on homes, amongst other things.

Read more...

View more