Save Money and Stay Cool this Summer

No need for Americans to suffer in the heat this summer. The Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program has new tools and tips for homeowners and businesses to keep money in their pockets, be comfortable and protect the environment. With the help of in 2005, Americans saved $12 billion in energy costs and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 23 million vehicles.Energy Star Home Program

Help @ Home
The average family spends $1,900 a year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. The Environmental Protection Agency's new interactive tool, ENERGY STAR @ Home, shows consumers how they can make energy-efficient improvements in each room of their home. For example:
Did you know that your ceiling fan can help save on summer cooling costs? Or, that changing the five most frequently used lights in your home to energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs can save about $60 each year on energy costs?
Those are just a couple of examples of what can be learned on the virtual tour. Homeowners can see where they're doing well, find areas for improvement and learn how they can use energy more efficiently in order to save money and enjoy year-round comfort in their home. There’s even a “Rebate Finder” to help you save even more money.

Help @ Work
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also has advice for businesses to save energy and money this summer. For example: Did you know that programming the thermostat to turn off the air conditioning system at night and restart one hour prior to employee arrival, can reduce your cooling costs by as much as 30 percent and still make a comfortable work environment?

Cooling and ventilating uses almost 20 percent of the energy in commercial buildings. The agency's Challenge encourages businesses and other organizations to improve their energy efficiency by 10 percent or more by following five energy saving steps. These steps put your business on the path to significant savings, while helping to protect the environment this summer and beyond.

The Environmental Protection Agency started the ENERGY STAR program in 1992. It is designed to help businesses and consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. More than 8,000 organizations participate in the program including the Nebraska Energy Office.
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