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Year-round home energy saving tips

Posted Tuesday, June 6, 2006

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Summer is here and many Americans are ready to breathe a sigh of relief at the thought of warmer weather and lower utility bills.

However, a newly released energy report paints a chillier picture. The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2006 (AEO2006) report, which evaluates and projects a wide range of trends and issues that could have major implications for U.S. energy markets through the year 2030, if Americans do not adopt more energy-efficient lifestyles.

One of the trends mentioned in the report notes that beginning this year, total energy consumption is projected to steadily increase every year through 2030. As case in point, energy prices jumped five percent in January according to the U.S. Labor Department’s consumer price index.

A majority of consumer energy costs go toward home heating and fueling our vehicles. The Alliance to Save Energy estimates that today over 40 percent of Americans’ energy bills goes toward home heating. Combine that with gasoline prices being 25 percent higher than last year and you have a formula for increased energy costs year-round.

In an effort to promote year-round energy efficiency, the Alliance to Save Energy web site,, offers consumers a variety of simple energy saving tips including:

1. Turning down the thermostat by just one degree can reduce home heating energy costs by four percent, which can be between $30 and $60 a year, depending on the fuel being used to heat the home.

2. Plug leaks or gaps in windows and doors with caulk or other materials.

3. Installing proper insulation, especially in the attic and crawl spaces, can reduce household energy costs from $70 to $460 per year.

4. Closing vents in unoccupied rooms and using small space heaters to heat occupied areas can save a significant amount of energy and money. There is usually about 80 percent of space that is not being used at any given time in the home.

5. Set the water heater at 120 degrees.

6. Use pipe insulation to insulate the first six to ten feet of the hot water supply pipe.

7. Washing clothes in cold water can save households up to $63 a year.

8. Using a programmable thermostat can help consumers reduce their home heating bills by $35 to $230 a year.

9. Replacing the four most used bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs can save households about $195 over the lifetime of the bulbs.

10. Purchase new heating and cooling equipment with the Energy Star label.

Combining simple energy saving steps with high-efficiency products can equal year-round energy savings without compromising luxury or convenience in the home. For more information visit,

Courtesy of ARA Content

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