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Save energy for Earth Day

April 19, 2021 | Jason Kuiper | energy savings, tips
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Earth Day 2021 is here, and OPPD has some tips to help you conserve energy. By taking some small steps, you can help make the planet a little greener. A few small steps by everyone can make a world of difference.

OPPD strives each day to produce the most environmentally sensitive energy it can and has pledged to be a zero-carbon emitter by 2050. As part of that effort, the utility recently announced plans for the first utility-scale solar array as part of its Power with Purpose project.

Among other environmental programs, OPPD is currently holding a series of community workshops related to its Pathways to Decarbonization program. On Saturday, April 17, OPPD was a sponsor of the annual Earth Day Omaha event at Omaha’s Elmwood Park.

Easy steps

Here are some steps everyone can do to help:

  • Change Your Air Filter: One of the easiest things you can do to get your home ready for spring is to check the status of your HVAC air filter. Filters should be checked every month, and replaced as needed. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool—wasting energy and potentially damaging your system.
  • Get an HVAC Tune-Up. Just like a tune-up of your car can improve gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your cooling equipment can improve its efficiency. The contractor will inspect refrigerant levels, clean and adjust blower components, and clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils.
  • HVAC Equipment Replacement. If your cooling equipment is struggling to cool your home or needs frequent repairs, it may be time to consider a replacement. ENERGY STAR-certified equipment could provide dramatic savings compared to a unit installed 10 or even five years ago. OPPD has great rebates available on replacement units.
  • Got Allergies? Room air purifiers — sometimes referred to as “room air cleaners” — are portable, electric appliances that remove fine particles, such as dust and pollen, from indoor air. Spring is a perfect time to invest in a room air cleaner. Those with the ENERGY STAR label are 25% more energy efficient than standard models. Check out some other great tips for preparing for spring and summer here.
  • Pool Pumps. Did you know your pool pump could be your home’s second largest energy user? Save energy and money by choosing a pool pump that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Certified pool pumps use up to 65% less energy than standard pumps, and can save you up to $450 a year.
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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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