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May 16, 2005

Ten No Cost/Low Cost Tips to Lower Home Energy Bills

By Kateri Callahan

(ARA) - As the old adage goes, "neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night" prevents the postman from his duties, which unfortunately includes the delivery of your monthly home energy bill.

American consumers have been stung by rising home energy bills, which are averaging more than $1600 annually. The Alliance to Save Energy projects home energy costs increasing by 9 percent by 2010. This bigger bite out of the average household wallet each month leaves fewer dollars to cover other important expenses.

There is a solution: Make Your Home An Energy Efficiency System.

According to the National Fuel Funds Network, 30 million American households each year cannot afford fully to heat or cool their homes.

You and every other consumer have the power to lower your energy bill by making a few simple changes. Small, inexpensive ways to cut down energy usage during household tasks like washing laundry can add up to significant savings.

Tide Coldwater and the Alliance to Save Energy, one of the world's premiere energy efficiency organizations, dare consumers to take the ColdWater Challenge and wash their laundry in cold water. This change can save up to $63/year for the average consumer. To reduce home energy bills and have a more Energy Efficiency System throughout the year, the Alliance suggests these easy tips:

  1. Do full loads of laundry and dishes to avoid wasting energy and water. Air dry dishes for additional savings.
  2. Clean the dryer lint filter after every laundry load to improve air circulation and quicken drying.
  3. Dry towels and heavier items separately from lighter-weight items when doing laundry.
  4. Take showers instead of baths, and install a low-flow showerhead.
  5. Fix leaky faucets around the house. Consider water-saving faucet attachments.

    More Tips For An Energy Efficiency System.

  6. Insulate your hot water pipes and water heater with approved insulation materials.
  7. Listen to your mother. ("What do you think -- we own the electric company?!") Turn off everything that's not in use: lights, TVs, computers, electronics.
  8. Four for the planet. Replace your four most used incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  9. Clean or replace AC/heating-system filters monthly.
Courtesy of ARA Content

Seattle, WA

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