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Lake Park celebrates Power Week

Lake Park Public Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week this week, Oct. 3-9, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 45 million Americans.

As part of Public Power Week, Lake Park Public Utilities is reminding its customers of low- and no-cost ways to protect the environment and save on utility expenses:

• During hot months, keep window coverings closed on the south, east, and west windows. In winter, let the sun in.

• Activate "sleep" features on computers and office equipment that power down when not in use for a while. Turn off equipment during longer periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity.

• Switch to cold water washing of laundry in top-loading, energy-inefficient washing machines to save energy and up to $63 a year -- detergents formulated for cold water get clothes just as clean.

• Seal and weatherstrip your windows and doors to ensure that you're not wasting energy on heat or air conditioning that escapes through leaks to the outdoors.

• When buying new products, look for the Energy Star label, found on more than 40 different products such as TVs, furnaces, cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners and more.

More tips are available at the Alliance to Save Energy's Web site: Lake Park Public Utilities website has additional information at

Lake Park Public Utilities offers a variety of programs to help you use energy wisely:

n Rebates for existing residential and business customers through Bright Energy Solutions.

• Rebates for new construction homes and businesses.

• Energy audits for business customers.