Mrs. Beshear outlines green vision for the mansion and all Kentucky households
With Kentucky’s Executive Mansion as a backdrop, and surrounded by citizen activists and dozens of school children, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear recently unveiled her plans to make the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion and homes across the commonwealth more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Mrs. Beshear’s greenteam.ky.gov is a public education effort to empower all Kentucky families with the knowledge they need to implement energy and cost savings strategies in their own homes and enlisting them in this statewide effort to beautify Kentucky and preserve our planet.
The First Lady’s efforts highlight many low-cost measures and simple practices that she has implemented at the mansion that may be employed by most homeowners, such as installing low-flow showerheads and energy-efficient light bulbs, washing clothes in cold or warm water, and turning off electronic devices and unplugging them when not in use.
“Many people may not realize that hairdryers, cell phone chargers and other devices use energy not only when they are turned on, but also any time they are plugged into an outlet,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Turning off electronics and unplugging them when possible will save money on your electric bill and will also reduce carbon emissions.”
The mansion kitchen will also use locally grown and produced foods whenever possible, saving fuel and money while also supporting the local economy.
“The average meal in the United States travels 1,200 miles from the farm to your table,” the First Lady said. “Buying local produce and meats saves money while also supporting our local farmers.”
As Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary, Jonathan Miller oversees the construction, maintenance and operation of state facilities, including the Governor’s Mansion.
“Protecting our environment will not only save us countless dollars, it is a moral imperative. In addition to assisting the First Lady with energy conservation measures at the mansion, I urge everyone to call their local energy provider and ask that an energy audit be conducted in their own home,” Miller said.