Saving Energy Saves You Money On Utility Bills

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- If you think you're paying too much for your utility bill, there's a chance you might see some savings in the future. Omaha's City Council will decide this month whether or not to upgrade the city's energy code. Homes and businesses could see lower costs on utility bills if the upgrade passes.

The Omaha Public Power District created a new source on its web site for those who would like to make changes to their home, becoming more energy efficient and saving money.

"You can save 10 to 50 percent on your energy usage and energy costs when it comes to the difference between standard appliances and energy star rated appliances," said Ray Herek of OPPD.

Herek recommends changing your furnace filters once a month. Filling all leaks and cracks with caulk will also help keep the right temperature inside your home.

Jesse Krivolavek is the owner of American Energy Advisors. The company runs tests throughout the metro to ensure that homes are as energy efficient as possible. One test the company uses is a blower door--it's a simple 15 minute test to show how much air is leaking outside of a home. If the leakage is too high the test will show where to fix it so homeowners can save even more money on their utility bills.

"The performance testing method allows you to really analyze your costs as to what you want to do and how you want that house to perform," said Krivolavek.

Herek said saving energy does save money, but there is a bigger save in the end.

"Everything that we as customers can do to save energy is going to help OPPD delay the need to build a new power plant, which will save everybody in the long run," he said.

Energy experts said if City Council does decide to upgrade Omaha's energy code, the city could see about $300,000 in savings per year.