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

November 23, 2005

EPA and Consumers Energy Council Offer Energy-Saving Advice

Businesses and consumers looking to save energy this winter should heed the energy-saving advice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumers Energy Council of America (CECA). The EPA recommends that businesses measure their energy use and set a goal; inspect heating equipment now and perform monthly maintenance; turn off heating and cooling equipment when not needed; get the building occupants involved in saving energy; and install improved lighting systems. See the EPA press release and additional information on the Energy Star Web site.

CECA aimed its advice at consumers, and noted that several low-cost items, like a programmable thermostat or attic insulation, yield high returns. Upgrading a furnace or boiler that's more than 15 years old is also a good idea, says CECA, but upgrading newer furnaces would not be an economical investment. CECA also recommends against switching heating fuels, but its report only examined switching from oil heat to natural gas heat. Other options, such as a wood- or pellet-fired stove, may be a good investment. See the CECA press release (PDF 108 KB) and report (PDF 622 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Need to learn more about energy-saving options for your home or business? Check out the Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the Web site of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.