National Energy Efficiency Day

National Energy Efficiency Day

October 5, 2017 will be the second national Energy Efficiency Day and the theme is "Save energy, save money." Debuting in 2016, Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, business, utilities, and individuals working to promote energy efficiency, meet our energy needs, cut consumer bills and reduce pollution. In 2016, more than 175 organizations actively supported the event. 

K-State Engineering Extension is proud to be one of those organizations supporting the 2017 Energy Efficiency Day by providing energy education to K-12 schools and Kansas' small businesses and government organizations. Through a partnership with the Kansas Corporation Commission, Engineering Extension's Kansas Energy Program provides no-cost energy assessments for small businesses and assists in applying for federal funds to implement energy efficiency projects. 

In 2017, the Kansas Energy Program conducted 26 energy assessments, encompassing more than 284,000 square feet and identifying savings of more than 1,000,000 kWh of electricity.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Saver: Tips on Saving Money & Energy at Home is one source to identify ways you can improve you energy efficiency. 


Engineering Extension's Top Five Energy Efficiency Tips:

  1. Turn it off! This is the simplest and lowest cost method of saving energy. 
  2. Programmable thermostats. Changing the settings during unoccupied times will result in significant savings.
  3. Go LED. LED bulbs have come a long way in both technology and cost efficiency. Initial cost of an LED bulb is offset by its longevity and efficiency, lasting 25 times longer and are 75% more efficient.
  4. Plug the leaks. A well-sealed and insulated building leaks less heat in the winter, and less chilled air in the summer. 
  5. Perhaps most importantly, increase your awareness of energy efficiency. One frequently cited mantra in the business world is "You can't manage what you don't measure." Take a tour around your home and office and note where improvements can be made.

To learn more or for assistance, contact the Kansas Energy Program at, 785-532-4998.