U of I Extension offers ‘Keeping Energy $$ in Your Pocket: Simple Steps to Home Energy Savings’

By U of I Extension

Energy bills have taken a bite out of everyone’s budget this year. Is it time for you to take another look at your energy use? Have you overlooked some simple steps to energy conservation and saving money? Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Jay Solomon, energy and environmental stewardship educator, for “Keeping Energy $$ in Your Pocket: Simple Steps to Home Energy Savings,” an interactive exploration of these missed opportunities.

U of I Extension is partnering with the Northern Illinois Money Smart Week partners committee to offer these and other workshops across Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. The Keeping Energy $$ in Your Pocket workshop will be presented at the following six times and locations:

• Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. to noon, Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, Ill.;

• Monday, April 7, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., First Community Bank of Galena, 101 Exchange St., Galena, Ill.;

• Monday, April 7, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., Highland Community College West, 310 N. West St., Elizabeth, Ill.;

• Tuesday, April 8, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Cherry Valley Public Library District, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley, Ill.;

• Wednesday, April 9, 6 to 7 p.m., North Suburban Library District, 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park, Ill.; and

• Thursday, April 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, Ill.

Doing a simple energy audit and making simple changes around the home can help you save money,” Solomon said. “Starting with an understanding of where you are using, and losing, energy is the first step to making good cost-saving decisions. Following the common suggestions of changing windows and insulating the attic may not save you any money, or it may. Other changes, such as how you manage your heater and air conditioner, may make a bigger dent in your costs.”

Money Smart Week is a national public awareness campaign to help individuals and families better manage their personal finances. More than 3,000 events and 130,000 participants from 45 states participate in Money Smart Week annually. These events are hosted free of charge by hundreds of partner organizations, including financial institutions, libraries, government agencies, media and nonprofits. Event topics range from basic budgeting to saving for college and managing student loan debt to retirement.

Registration is encouraged to ensure seating and materials for these free workshops. To register, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw, or call your local Extension office: Jo Daviess County, (815) 858-2273; Stephenson County, (815) 235-4125; and Winnebago County, (815) 986-4357.

Posted April 2, 2014

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