This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

November 03, 2004

DOE, EPA, and Non-Profits Emphasize Ways to Cut Heating Bills

There's one topic that non-profit organizations and the federal government are in strong agreement about: the many ways to save energy at home this winter. With winter heating bills expected to be among the highest in recent memory, DOE, the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are all providing tips on saving energy. The Powerful $avings campaign, a joint effort of DOE and ASE, offers six smart energy practices and suggests nine home efficiency improvements. The ACEEE lists the top five "musts" to cut winter heating bills, and recommends its "Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, 8th Edition." And the DOE/EPA Energy Star program has published "A Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling," noting that homeowners can save up to 20 percent on annual energy costs by making energy-efficient improvements to their heating and cooling systems. When heating equipment reaches 15 or more years of age, DOE and the EPA recommend that homeowners consider a more energy-efficient replacement. See the ASE and ACEEE press releases and the October 25th announcement on the Energy Star Web site.

DOE's Energy Savers Web site also provides a plethora of information about how to save energy and use renewable energy in your home. See the Energy Savers Web site.