Readers of The Courier-Journal now have access to more energy-related content thanks to a dedicated section on the newspaper's website. "Energy Matters" is a special news section featuring content produced by LG&E and KU on a variety of key energy topics, such as energy efficiency, the environment, emergency preparedness, safety tips and more.
Want to learn more about the programs, services and tips LG&E and KU offer that were mentioned in this month's stories? Learn more below:
Want to better track your energy usage? - Opt for an advanced meter.
Information is power (especially during outages) - Stay informed with this real-time outage map.
Who helps take the chill out of winter? Learn more about how a local nonprofit helps those in need stay warm.
A simple way to support local solar energy - Learn how you can support local solar that helps power our community.
A breath of fresh air - Kentucky largest energy company's Plant for the Planet matching-grant program supports tree-planting efforts across the state.
Your fall home maintenance to-do list - Get started.
6 energy-saving tips to curb the cold - Easy ways to help waste less energy, improve efficiency and save some green this winter.
Hurricane aftermath: Local utilities restore power down south - LG&E employees and contractors traveled south to restore power after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Are you ready? It's National Preparedness Month - Emergencies can happen at any time, so it's important to be prepared at home and at work.
Energy is building downtown - $1.78 billion in projects will be going on across the city by 2020.
More green space coming soon to downtown Louisville - Spalding University's latest expansion project includes new sports and rec fields.
Hydro power surges in Louisville - A 92-year old hydro plant gears up for the next 100 years.
Farm animals, food and fun – It's all at the Kentucky State Fair.
When safety comes knocking – See why natural gas safety may require a personal approach.
How to watch the upcoming solar eclipse safely - Enjoy safe viewing (for your eyes and devices) with these tips.
4 must-know summer safety tips – Stay safe when working on chores around the house this summer.
Backpack giveaway fills a need for local students - Essential supplies help students prepare for day one.
Smell gas? Act fast! – Follow these steps when it comes to natural gas safety.
Home(arama) is where the heart is - See why Homearama 2017 is a stunner, nestled near more than 108 protected acres.
Plan before you plant - Know the right tree for the right place. Learn more.
Meaningful savings brighten children's lives - Energy efficient upgrades help Maryhurst minimize operating costs, earn much-needed funds.
Have you signed up for outage texting? Report outages and request updates all from the palm of your hand.
8 must-see summer events - From fireworks to live shows, these events will give your summer a bang.
Warm weather tips - Chill out with these summer energy-saving tips.
Going off-grid: What does it really mean? Learn more.
What helps fuel our economy and brightens our community? Support the community's vital arts scene during the Fund for the Arts annual campaign.
Know what's below: Call 811 before you dig - April is Safe Digging Month, and it's a good reminder to call 811 before you start any outdoor digging projects.
- Kentucky nears recycling milestone – LG&E and KU’s Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program is approaching a major milestone. Will your fridge be the 50,000th recycled?
- Shedding the light on LEDs - How to select the right LED for the right space. Brightness? Color? Style? Here's what you need to know.
- This ‘battery on steroids’ tests energy storage – Research is under way in Central Kentucky to unleash the power of utility-scale battery storage.
- Hydro power surges in Louisville - The 92-year old Ohio Falls Generating Station gears up for the next 100 years.
- This contest is a real gas! Young artists are encouraged to promote natural gas safety through art. Click here for details.
- Know what’s below, call 811 before you dig – April is Safe Digging Month and it's a good reminder to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging projects.
- A party to go ape over – Go wild at the zoo with Earth Month events and discounts throughout April.
- Protecting Kentucky’s falcons - View Kentucky's first falcon web cam at and tune into the action that takes place in a nesting box high atop LG&E and KU’s Mill Creek Generating Station in southwest Louisville.
- Don’t take the bait! Scammers who target utility customers can strike by phone, email or from your doorstep. This type of fraud is ever-evolving, so it pays to know the new deceptions and common ploys to avoid.
- 5 ways to serve up savings on game day – Hosting a get-together for the big game? Entertain your guests while saving time, energy and money with these tips.
- Outsmarting outages with new technology: Learn about the innovative technology that’s part of LG&E and KU’s plan to further improve reliability.
- Demand Conservation: Your neighbors are earning summer energy bill credits. Join them!
- This is one hit show you won’t find on TV – See the latest trends at the Home, Garden and Remodeling Show, March 3 – 5. And stop by LG&E and KU’s display for details on energy efficiency for your home, solar offerings and much more.
- Electrical safety from the ground up – Safe use of electricity both inside and outside your home will protect you and your family. Visit LG&E and KU’s safety page for helpful safety tips.
- Looking for a powerful career opportunity? Energy companies have serious game when it comes to exciting careers.
- A service charge with benefits? – Learn how a basic service charge can minimize the impact of extreme temperatures on a residential monthly energy bill.
- Be prepared for winter weather - This infographic offers helpful safety tips for inside the home and outdoors this winter season.
- Five easy resolutions for your new year – Follow these helpful tips to save energy and money in 2017.
- Local organization empowers the next generation of leaders – In 2017, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana will launch JA Inspire to reach at least 10,000 eighth graders. The students will explore career opportunities with business mentors who will host career stations at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
- A sunny outlook for solar in Kentucky – LG&E and KU offers customers more access to renewable energy, including solar programs for your home or business.
- New energy comes to Butchertown - LG&E and KU recently unveiled the utility’s first public electric vehicle charging station in the beloved Butchertown neighborhood. Learn more about the company’s rollout of public electric charging stations.
- Assistance programs can help curb winter’s chill – Heating-assistance opportunities to ease the burden of those struggling to make ends meet. In addition, LG&E and KU offer the WeCare program income-eligible customers create a more efficient, safe and comfortable home. Learn more.
- Celebrate the season with Holidays in the City events - The holiday season kicks off in grand style Nov. 25 at Light Up Louisville, the annual event that launches Holiday in the City, a kaleidoscope of seasonal activities for families that extends through Jan. 15.
- Attend Friday’s Veterans Day parade and help honor those who have served – They marched into battle to win and keep our freedom. Let’s honor them as they march downtown. Learn more.
- Taking ‘charge:’ Yum! Brands unveils electric vehicle charging stations at Louisville campus - Yum! is the first company in the city to take advantage of a new EV charging station program offered through LG&E and KU. Learn more.
- Preserving a Kentucky treasure – Learn how Shaker Village is using fly ash, a coal combustion residual, to restore buildings on its site, in an environmentally-sound and beneficial way.
- Top employers promote a culture of wellness - Recently, several large employers have earned spots in the 2016 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America honor, including LG&E and KU. Learn more about how employers are offering more wellness programs to attract and retain top talent.
- The wow factor of Wi-Fi thermostats - Unlike standard programmable thermostats, Wi-Fi versions connect wirelessly to the Internet, allowing users to control them via iPhone/Android, tablet or desktop computer. Learn more about this cool technology.
- Got too much junk? Project Pickup can help - Project Pickup is the periodic junk-collection service provided by Metro Louisville Solid Waste Management. “Junk weeks” have become a tradition for many residents within the Jefferson County looking to free themselves of unwanted items that have accumulated over the years.
- Find your cause and create a positive community effect - Louisville has grown to be a Compassionate City, thanks to collective volunteer and community involvement efforts, including the support of LG&E and KU employees. Learn more.
- Be smart, take part, prepare – September is National Preparedness Month. Learn how you and your family or coworkers can prepare in the event of an emergency.
- Meet our region's air quality superheroes - Like costumed superheroes, Louisville has some real-life avengers that are helping reduce emissions even as we speak. Learn more.
- What can you spend a little more on now to save a lot more on later? If you’re in the market for a new appliance, there’s a key piece of information you’ll want to consider before making a purchase: the ENERGY STAR® EnergyGuide label. Learn more.
- How to save during the dog days of summer – There are plenty of opportunities to save energy and stay cool this summer ─ no matter how high temperatures may rise. Combined, these steps will maximize your energy savings, giving you extra cash to enjoy summer fun.
- Homearama breaks new ground in 2016 – Two Homearama locations are creating a buzz this summer, featuring geothermal homes, as well as stunning interiors and the latest in smart-home technology.
- Little savings grow up big - Independence Day sales are quick to shout “Big Savings!” or “Free Shipping” on new appliances, but you can double-up on savings when you choose those new appliances wisely. And take advantage of LG&E and KU’s home energy rebate programs while you’re at it.
- Upgrading hydro power in the River City - The Ohio River is home to a hydro facility that has generated clean energy since Calvin Coolidge was president. Today, work is progressing to ensure LG&E’s Ohio Falls Station generates electricity at even greater capacity and efficiency.
- Summer survival skills for the entire family – June is National Safety Month. Slow down, be safe and consider some of these helpful tips to keep your summer accident-free.
- Kitchen mistakes that can burn your wallet - Put a lid on summer energy waste with these kitchen tips. They're good for homes, school cafeterias – even Louisville's famous restaurants. Learn more.
- Welcome news for vets - Military veterans and active service personnel — with their field-tested backgrounds — are a force in today’s job market, especially as energy companies fill voids created by retiring Baby Boomers. Learn more.
- Summer fun begins here...Check out these can’t-miss events! – Summer festival season is upon us. Check out these upcoming events, many of which are supported by LG&E and KU.
- Swing and a…(big) Hit! - LG&E powers the national pastime with the Louisville Bats, who play at Slugger Field in downtown Louisville. This Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds boasts unique records, outstanding community support and former players who now star in the American and National leagues. Learn more.
- In your neighborhood: A courtesy safety check – Natural gas risers are as common as windows, porchlights and doorknobs. They’re part of nearly every home and building, yet many people know little about them – or their link in making modern life possible. Learn more.
- Fishing for carbon, ‘catch and release’ style - This is no fish tale. A new “catch and release” system is capturing a small portion of the carbon dioxide gases emitted at one of Kentucky’s largest coal-fired plants near Harrodsburg in Mercer County. Learn more.
- Leading the ‘charge’: How driving is changing in Kentucky – Learn more about electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles gaining traction across the nation and how LG&E and KU is joining the action.
- Kentucky’s largest solar power planet unveiled in Mercer County - On April 19, energy company officials and political leaders unveiled the state’s largest solar facility at LG&E and KU’s E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County. Learn more.
- This hot Derby favorite pays millions - The Kentucky Derby Festival is not only a world class festival featuring more than 70 official events, it’s also a huge contributor to the local economy. Learn more.
- Zoo discounts for ‘party animals’ - The event known as “Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth” is roaring at the Louisville Zoo. Bring the entire family to enjoy eco-themed attractions and educational activities – even discounted admission and/or free parking on featured days.
- Putting in a pool, fence or garden? Call 811 before you dig - If you're planning a spring digging project, call 811 before that shovel touches the ground. Learn more.
- Prepare now for severe weather – Don’t get caught off guard this storm season. Have a storm emergency kit and plan in place for you and your family. Learn more.
- Streaming live: Falcon eggs spotted at power plant nest box - With the spring season almost here, a pair of peregrine falcons is awaiting their eggs to hatch inside a nest box at the Mill Creek Generating Station, in southwestern Jefferson County. Visit the falcon cam to see the latest activity.
- Simple ways to save some green this St. Patrick’s Day - According to Irish lore, leprechauns are “extremely wealthy” spirits who hide gold in secret places. But for today’s homeowner, “pots of gold” are contained in attics, walls and other spaces ─ if you know how to find them. Learn more.
- Exposing Louisville’s underground network - Downtown Louisville is getting closer to finishing a $250 million construction project to fortify an aspect of modern life nearly all businesses, residents and visitors can’t live without. Yet, it goes on mostly unseen in a strange, subterranean world.
- Meet Louisville's six-story vacuum cleaners - They won’t clean your floors like a Dyson or roam your home like a Roomba, but the new environmental controls being installed at some LG&E and KU power plants have been described as “vacuum cleaners on steroids.”
- Filing taxes soon? Don’t forget about these important tax credits. While saving energy and money are the primary reasons for making energy upgrades in your home or business, don't forgot about those tax credits when you go to file your return. Learn more.
- Why Louisville is a great place to live and grow a business – From great restaurants and a vibrant arts scene to a thriving business culture, Louisville is a great place to live, work and play. In addition, it’s attractive to businesses because electric rates are among the lowest in the nation and favorable to surrounding states. Learn more.
- Energy-smart advice your home will love – This Valentine’s Day, more and more Kentuckians are swooning over energy-smart appliances and devices that simplify daily life. In addition to smarter appliances, devices and programs to help you save, don't forget about the quick fixes that will help you turn a cold shoulder to wasted energy.
- 5 money-saving tips for your small business – If you’re a small-business owner, take advantage of LG&E and KU’s Commercial Rebate Program that can help you cut operating costs and increase profitability.
- Easy ways to protect your family and not let safety slide this winter - Now is a good time to make sure you’re doing everything possible to avoid carbon monoxide exposure and other winter threats.
- Hot career opportunities for 2016 – Kentucky needs people with science, engineering, technical and math (STEM) backgrounds to fill good jobs that offer a bright future. LG&E and KU provides co-op work appropriate to a student's major and readiness levels, among other responsibilities. “In return, companies have access to motivated, productive engineers who can perform entry-level engineering tasks and free your experienced personnel to work on higher priorities,” said Jim Gerstle, director of career development at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering. Learn more.
- How the right lighting can brighten the darkest days of winter - LED lighting is designed to save energy, reduce greenhouse gasses – even make us better workers. Learn more about LG&E and KU’s lighting rebates for our commercial customers. And consider these helpful tips on lighting in your home.
- How to ‘delete’ the scammers – Scammers often pose as utility employees to try to con customers out of revealing private account or financial information. Don’t be fooled. Follow these tips to slam the scammers.
- Jefferson County Public Schools make the grade when it comes to energy use - By capitalizing on a program offered through its utility, JCPS has received some $430,000 in commercial rebates.
- Bringing up baby, while bringing down energy bills – If you’ve recently brought home a new bundle of joy, you may be worried how that will drive up your utility bill. Find out how you can save energy and money, even with a new baby in the house. And, keep these electric and natural gas safety tips in mind to keep your family safe and sound this winter season.
- Easy ways to make your Winter Wonderland sparkle safely, save energy – Take note of these helpful hints during the holiday season.
- Need a stocking stuffer? Consider a HUG – Home Utility Gift certificates (HUGs) are great gifts for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member. It’s also a much-appreciated gift for a local non-profit or community organization.
- Score new appliances and get some cash back - Are you planning to purchase a new, energy-efficient product for your home? Let our rebate program help you earn cash back.
- Spice up Turkey Day with a dash of easy savings – Put your home on an energy diet this Thanksgiving (and throughout the holidays) with these helpful energy-saving tips.
- One way to grow renewable energy in our region - Green energy customers support the growth of renewable energy each time they pay their utility bill. Learn more about our Green Energy program.
- A style that never fades. (It's a green thing.) - In Louisville there's a building so "green" its insulation is made from recycled blue jeans. LG&E and KU supports the green trend by offering cash rebates (up to $10,000 in some instances) for commercial projects that satisfy LEED standards.
- Don’t leave your neighbor in the cold - Join the 25th Project Warm Blitz to warm the homes, and hearts, of those facing a cold winter.
- No garlic needed! How to recognize, and stop, energy vampires - Vampires are sucking energy from your home and money from your wallet. Stop these wasteful monsters for good with these easy tips.
- Your trees will hug you - Plant the right tree in the right place. You’ll avoid costly problems and safety hazards while enjoying all the benefits trees offer. Learn more.
- It can pay (you) to recycle - From benefiting the environment to putting a little extra cash in your pocket, what items you recycle matter in more ways than one. Find out how LG&E and KU’s Fridge and Freezer Recycling program can earn you an easy $50.
- How to turn the tables on old man winter - Show winter who's boss by staying warm, safe and prepared for any emergency. Consider these cool-weather saving tips.
- Avoid electric trouble with this cheat sheet - All property owners should know the basics of electric service, including permits, repairs and staying safe. Learn more.
- It’s a buyer’s market: Boost your home’s value with these simple tips - Like curb appeal, energy savings is a driver for selling homes.
- How can sight, smell and sound keep your family safe? - Tips to help you, your family and pets stay safe around natural gas.
- Hot job opportunities for a cooler future - Technical jobs that pay well are hot in today's market. Learn more about careers at LG&E and KU.
- Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today - Kids are getting the message about emergency preparedness. Now it’s your turn. September is National Preparedness Month, a good time to create or update your home or work place emergency plan.
- 5 décor tips - Saving energy is always in style - Saving money while beautifying your home is always in style. We also have programs to help save energy while improving your home’s comfort. Visit lge-ku.com/savingenergy to get started.
- What to know when buying central AC – we offer home energy rebates for a variety of energy efficient appliances, including certain AC models. Learn more about which ones qualify for rebates before making a purchase.
- Avoid trouble by calling Kentucky 811 before you dig – we want you to work safely around underground utilities by calling before you dig.
- A healthy look at local air – we’re investing more than $3 billion on projects to continue compliance with more stringent environmental regulations. Learn more about how we're reducing emissions across the board.
- Powerful tools for today's energy customer – we offer new features like outage texting and bill notifications to simplify your life and make doing business with us easier.
- Kentucky – a champion in the "game of life" – we're committed to powering Kentucky's economy with energy rates that are among the lowest in the nation.
- Did you read “Be a fan of ceiling fans,” “Five ways to save energy with roommates,” or “A summer recipe for saving energy”? Check out our other energy-saving tips.