Missouri starts Web site to help reduce energy bills

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | 6:00 p.m. CDT; updated 12:20 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 4, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Utility regulators and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are joining forces to help the state's residents lower winter heating bills.

The Public Service Commission and Natural Resources Department launched a Web site,, that's devoted to offering tips for improving energy efficiency. The suggestions are divided between ideas that don't cost anything, tips that are cheap to implement and those for the long term.

Jeff Davis, chairman of the Public Service Commission, said Wednesday that increasing energy efficiency is the easiest way to combat rising energy prices. He suggests keeping furnace filters clean and using programmable digital thermostats.

Davis also said healthy people can turn down their thermostats a few degrees and wear a sweater and use extra blankets at night.

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