• Lower the temperature of the hot-water tank. Turning it off when you're not using it also will save electricity, even though the water has to heat up again, because the average water temperature (and energy used getting it there) will be lower.
• For businesses, have one person walk through the office at the end of the day to make sure lights, coffee makers, electronics and other nonessential equipment is off.
• Don't bother raising the temperature of the refrigerator. In general, don't try to save electricity in ways that would compromise your health. Health care bills can blow past electricity bills quickly.
• Similarly, businesses shouldn't try to save on electricity that's critical to doing business well and efficiently.
• Unplug appliances when they're off. Lots of them draw electricity whether off or on. Some of the worst offenders are boom-box stereos and cable boxes.
• Power down computers at the end of the day. Apple computers tend to draw little electricity when they're sleeping, but PC-style computers aren't so reliable that way.
• Check around for phone, camera or other chargers that are plugged in but not being used.
• There may be one person in an office or home who always feels colder than everyone else. Set the temperature according to the majority's needs, and then give the coldest few an efficient local heater, such as a radiant heating pad.
Source: Alan Meier, professor at the University of California at Davis Energy Efficiency Center.
by Abby Lowell / Juneau Empire Energy expert Alan Meier speaks about ways to decrease energy usage. ; Local young heros talk about the recent rescue of two neighbor children who fell in a nearby frozen pond. ; By Abby Lowell / Juneau Empire Locals and business owners are asked what they are doing to reduce their future electrical bills.; John B. "Jack" Coghill proudly describes himself as the "bean counter" of the historic Alaska Constitutional Convention.; statehood; by Abby Lowell / Juneau Empire The Alaskan Fudge Company has been in downtown Juneau for years. How have they seen the times change?; by Abby Lowell / Juneau Empire For the Craft Addicts crafting is something of an addiction. They've taken a classic pastime and added a contemporary twist.; by Abby Lowell Southeast Alaska Science Fair wrapped up this year with a trio of winners and some unique projects. ; by Abby Lowell Teens at Juneau Douglas High School speak out about teen suicide.; - by Abby Lowell / Juneau Empire Jeff DeFreest gives a little information about abandoned mines in Southeast Alaska.; An interview with Romer Derr offers a glance at Alaska's history. ; statehood; by Abby Lowell / Juneau Empire Local teacher, Jennifer Thompson, weighs in on her philosophy behind teaching science in public schools. ; For all the latest products, ideas and information on local building check out this year's home show.; Students from around the state are in Juneau this week to learn a thing or two about state politics.; Club Hooligan goes behind the scenes to take a look at how local brewers make award-winning beer at the Alaskan Brewing Company. ; A closer look at what is the biggest production to date at JDHS.; With a theme like "Mechanical Marvels" heads were sure to turn at this year's Wearable Art show in February. ; Supporters weigh in on presidential candidates. ; Juneau residents are asked how they feel about the smoking ban.; Second graders in Paula Savikko's Gastineau Elementary classroom are learning a thing or two about native culture and mathematics.; Greg Skinner highlights the opening day of ski season at Eaglecrest Resort. ; Local artist Cindy Burchfield combines her passion for watercolor and writing in her new children's book "Gimme, gimmer moocher marmots."; Local artist Rie Muñoz talk about her time on King Island and her new book chronicling her time there. ; TSA makes a donation to troops in Iraq for the holiday season.; Rory Watt talks about options for the new parking garage.; Dzantik'i Heeni Middle school students head into the rainforest to study deer and their habitat.; Find out what officials have planned for this zone during winter months. ; AOGA deputy director speaks at Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting about oil taxation.; October. 2007: Glacier Valley Elementary celebrates and performs for friends, parents and sponsors.; students learn manners and merengue; Juneau Officers' Association Annual Blood Drive with the Blood Bank of America;