Back to school means back to budgeting

Georgia Power reminds students that energy efficiency is an easy way to save money

Aug 19, 2013, 11:10 ET from Georgia Power

ATLANTA, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As hundreds of thousands of students return to Georgia colleges and universities this fall, Georgia Power reminds students that being energy efficient in dorm rooms and apartments is an easy way to keep money in their bank accounts.

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"We understand that most college students keep one eye on their books and their other eye on their budget," said Michele Wagner, director of energy efficiency for Georgia Power. "Incorporating energy efficiency into campus life is an easy way to save money and energy throughout the school year and also help protect the environment."  

Georgia Power reminds college students that:

  • Decorating matters. Decorate with light-colored rugs and window treatments to reflect natural light and make sure furniture, curtains, rugs and other items don't block air vents.
  • Water leaks add up. Report leaking faucets to your manager or resident assistant – one drop of hot water per minute wastes about 60 gallons per week (and the energy needed to heat it).
  • Look for the label. Choosing computers, televisions and other electronics with the ENERGY STAR® label will help save money year after year.   
  • Light right. Use smaller lamps with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs to illuminate workspaces like desks and tables.
  • Cooking counts. Cooking small portions in the microwave or toaster oven generates less heat than a stove or oven and can reduce electrical usage for cooking by as much as 80 percent.

Students can also access additional energy-saving tips, account information and career resources, by visiting

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity.  Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.  Consistently recognized as a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit and connect with the company on Facebook ( and Twitter (

SOURCE Georgia Power