VL&P celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 5-11 Vermillion Light & Power (VL&P) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5-11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 45 million Americans. Public Power Week is a national, annual event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, DC. APPA is the service organization for community and state owned electric utilities. â�?�?We are proud to be a hometown electric provider,â�? Mark Koller, electric superintendent said. â�?�?As a community owned electric system, our end goal isnâ�?�?t just to provide a service to customers, but to power our neighbors â�?�? our community.â�? VL&P invites community members to participate in a variety of Public Power Week events. Activities include an open house on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. â�?�?VL&P is committed not only to continue our legacy of quality service to Vermillion, but to look for opportunities to improve operations and better serve the community,â�? Koller said. Be energy efficient As part of Public Power Week, VL&P is reminding its customers of low and no cost opportunities to protect the environment and save on utility expenses by being energy efficient: â�?¢ Install low-flow showerheads and sink aerators to reduce hot water use. â�?¢ Look for the ENERGY STAR�?® label when buying new products such as televisions, refrigerators and even cell phones. â�?¢ To cool and ventilate your home, use fans whenever possible instead of air conditioners. You can also use fans along with the AC, allowing you to raise the thermostat temperature. â�?¢ Check your furnace or air conditioner filter each month and clean or replace it as needed. â�?¢ Lower the temperature on your water heater. A thermometer held under running water should read no more than 130 degrees. â�?¢ Trees can help you save energy by shading and/or providing windbreaks. Plant trees on the south, east and/or west sides of your home. Be sure to shade the AC unit. Evergreen trees and shrubs are good for creating windbreaks to stop cold winds. More tips are available at the Alliance to Save Energyâ�?�?s Web site: www.ASE.org. â�?�?Whether you are trying to lower your monthly electric bill or doing your part to protect the environment, there are many good reasons to be energy efficient,â�? said Mark Koller, electric superintendent. VL&P offers a variety of programs to help you use energy wisely.