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Online tool helps customers calculate energy savings

Understanding how to save energy at home just got easier for customers of Cuba City Light & Water.

For Cuba City residents who have ever wondered just how much energy could be saved through measures such as adjusting the thermostat or adding storm windows, answers are now just a few mouse clicks away.

“The online Home Energy Suite is the most recent example of how we are working to help customers manage their home energy costs,” said Gary Droessler, Director of Public Works. “We encourage customers to try this online tool next time they are surfing the Internet. It’s easy to use and available to customers 24/7, from the comfort of home.”

The Home Energy Suite online calculator features a quick, one-screen form that asks users about a dozen questions about their home. Visitors to the site can simply click to indicate their home’s approximate square footage, age, number of occupants, fuel type, and several other variables. Clicking “Calculate” provides an estimate of the home’s monthly and annual energy use.

Website visitors can use the calculator to consider making a change like reducing their home’s water heater temperature. Selecting that change from the drop-down menu and clicking “Calculate” again shows how much energy might be saved. Other changes include adjusting heating settings down or cooling settings up; reducing air leaks in the home; adding insulation; installing storm windows; or changing out a heating system. Visitors can click “Calculate” after each change to see the difference in their monthly energy bill.

The Home Energy Suite also provides a big-picture look at overall home energy usage. Clicking the “View Report” button provides graphs and charts with the percentage break-down of total annual energy use by appliance or system type. Other features of this online tool include a library of energy information, energy savings tips, and the option to receive an email report including next steps for taking action to save energy in the home.

“We know that our customers look to us to provide information that will help them lower their energy use and save money,” said Droessler. “We’re pleased to offer the Home Energy Suite to help answer customers’ home energy questions.”

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