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Welcome fall by celebrating National Energy Awareness Month

Posted Oct. 9, 2019

October means football season, pumpkin lattes, Halloween costumes and many other fun seasonal changes. October is also observed as National Energy Awareness Month, encouraging government and organizations to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the nation’s energy resources.

Recognizing the significance of the energy-water nexus, the U.S. Department of Energy has chosen to dedicate this year’s campaign to promoting both energy and water conservation. Energy and water are highly connected, and there is ample opportunity to reduce waste of both resources.

Energy efficiency tips for fall

An energy audit is a great first step to increasing energy efficiency at home. An audit can help explain energy consumption, identify losses and evaluate possible improvements. Professional auditors perform thorough audits using a variety of techniques and equipment, and many include a detailed assessment with careful examination of the residence and past utility bills.

It’s also possible to perform a simple energy audit at home without hiring a professional. By taking the time to analyze energy consumption and implementing efficiency upgrades, consumers can save up to 30% on utility bills.

During the fall, lower temperatures cause electricity bills to increase due to continuous use of heating systems, which account for 42% of residential energy use. It can be tempting to turn up the heat as temperatures drop, but consumption can be minimized by ensuring HVAC systems are properly maintained. Dirty filters can slow air flow, making the system work harder, wasting more energy.

Air leaks and improper insulation can be another major source of heat loss. Consumers can reduce heating bills 20% by checking air leaks around walls, ceilings, windows, doors, fixtures, switches and electrical outlets. Even better, install a programmable thermostat to prevent unnecessary energy use and improve those savings by an extra 10%.

This October, as you observe Energy Awareness Month, use it as a reason to adopt new habits and achieve lifelong energy savings.

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Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City COuncil Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Cambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Toddler's Day Out at Hillside Community Center: 10 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Fort Worth Public Library and Zoo special program: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019; Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street.

Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 13 (Woodhaven TIF) Board of Directors Meeting: 3 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Cancer Awareness Walk at Como Community Center: 6 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

North Ridglea Streetlights Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road.

Fort Worth Public Library hosts Zoo program: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 2019; Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street.

Community Action Partners (CAP) Council Meeting: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union, 1st floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Trinity River Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Eastwood Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Ironwood Crossing Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWSH Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Matador Ranch Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Penn Place Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Sedona Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWSH Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Federal Contract Ready: 6 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Lake Worth Regional Coordination Committee: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; Brewer High School, Auditorium, 1025 W Loop 820 N.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee Meeting: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2019; James E. Guinn Building, 1st Floor, PharmaFab Conference Room 116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Lights on After School at Greenbriar Community Center: 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill .

Fall Festival at Handley Meadowbrook Community Center: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2019; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

Mile in My Shoes at Southside Community Center: 8 a.m. Oct. 19, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Canceled Fort Worth Crud Cruiser Event: 9 a.m. Oct. 19, 2019; Summerglen Library/Gateway Church, 4205 Basswood Blvd, Fort Worth 76137.

Spooky Film Series - Double Feature: 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 2019; Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street.

NAS Fort Worth JRB Regional Coordination Committee: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 2019; Lake Worth Multi-Purpose Facility, 7005 Charbonneau Road.
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Westside Alliance and Arlington Heights Infrastructure Improvments Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 2019; Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, 4200 Camp Bowie Blvd.

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