Public Service Announcement|
Information for this announcement was provided by
Senior Environment Corps., Project of
ENERGY EQUITY FOR CAPE COD
HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION
When you save energy, you save money.
Energy costs on Cape Cod are already high and still rising. The money that you save by reducing
energy waste is money that you can use for other purposes. So, be good to yourself and to your environment.
Dont's let your money "go up in smoke" this winter!
Start with a home energy audit. It's free and it's easy to schedule, for all Cape Cod residents.
Cape Cod Light has the information you need. Telephone 1-800-797-6699. If you qualify for
fuel assistance, the Housing Assistance Corporation can provide help with weatherization. Telephone:
HOW TO SAVE MONEY DURING A CAPE COD WINTER
Here is a list of some of the simple things that you may be able to do to help lower home
- CONTROL THERMOSTATS: Try setting your thermostat for 65 degrees when you're at home and
awake. Reduce thermostat settings at night and for the hours when you're away from home.
- PROTECT YOURSELF: Turn down the temperature of your hot water heater to the warm setting.
The "warm setting" is 120 degrees. You'll save money, and more important, you'll avoid severe burns.
- TURN OFF THE LIGHTS: Turn off lights, home appliance and telivision sets when they are not
in use. Keep appliances clean and in good repair. Use energy-saving settings on refrigerators,
dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.
- ENJOY THE SUNSHINE: During the day open all of the shades and drapes on the sunny side of
your home and the let the sunshine enter. It's a great way to improve home heating and lighting.
- INSULATION: A tight, well-insulated home saves energy and it's also more comfortable. Talk
with energy audit professionals and get their advice on insulation.
Cape Cod residents in need of fuel assistance can contact the following resources. Eligibility
for most programs is determined by family income and size. Seniors should contact their town
Council on Aging for additional information. The Human Services Agency in your town may also be
able to direct you to local sources of assistance.
- South Shore Community action council ~ Federal funds are available during the winter
months to assist families. For an application, telephone: 508-778-0870.
- Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program ~ A private, non-profit program to assist families in
need of heating oil. Telephone: 877-563-4645.
- Utility Discounts ~ All Massachusetts electric companies and most gas companies have low-income
discount programs. You automatically qualify for the discounts if you receive food stamp benefits,
MassHealth, SSI, Fuel Assistance, or if your child is in the School Free Lunch Program or Head Start.
These discounts can save you 25-35 percent on each bill. To apply for discounts, call your gas
and electric companies and ask for an application. The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
has additional information. Telephone: 1-800-249-2007.
- Cape and Islands Self Reliance Corp. ~ A consumer cooperative that provides members with
inexpensive home heating oil. Telephone 1-888-808-0120.