Governor's Energy Task Force Helps Residents and Businesses

By: Fida Georges Email
By: Fida Georges Email

An early time change this year means longer days, but they also mean bigger electricity bills and warm temperatures coming our way won't help.

Kentucky's Task Force on Energy Efficient Housing and Construction recently completed a report for Governor Fletcher's office. The report contains three key recommendations for government, businesses and homeowners.

It said state government should continue to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings, promote energy efficiency in the construction of new homes and other buildings, and create incentives to encourage property owners to improve efficiency of existing homes and other buildings.

Public Affairs manager for Atmos Energy, Kay Coomes said recommendations from the Energy Efficiency Task Force have helped Kentucky come a long way.

"The actual home uses 22 percent less for gas than it did in the 1980s, so conservation is working," Coomes said, but she also said we can't rest on our laurels just yet.

Coomes said when recommendations like these start at the top and trickle down to the average consumer, enforcing energy conservation becomes beneficial to everyone.

Coomes said when it comes down to it, these recommendations aren't complicated and can really add up one person at a time.

Senate bill ten recently passed in the General Assembly, calls for inspections of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in all new homes and buildings in the state.

When installed improperly, these systems do not use energy efficiently and can be dangerous.

For more information on energy effeciency, visity Atmos' website at or click here to read more on energy effeciency.

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