WASHINGTON, DC — The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) is offering consumers a variety of tips to fit individual needs this summer when it comes to paying energy bills. The tips range from no-cost to low-cost plans. Turn off everything not in use (lights, TVs, computers). Replace your four most-used 100-W incandescent bulbs with four comparable 23-W compact fluorescent bulbs to save $0.82 over three years. If all U.S. households did this, the energy saved would equal the same amount produced annually by 30 power plants, according to the alliance. Ceiling and other fans provide cooling and better air circulation, so you can raise the thermostat and cut down on air conditioning costs. Clean or replace air conditioning filters monthly. A professional tune-up can save on energy costs. A programmable thermostat automatically coordinates indoor climates with your daily and weekend patterns, increasing home comfort and reducing energy waste. Close blinds or shades on the south- and west-facing windows of the house during the day, or install shading devices. Shift energy-intensive tasks, such as laundry and dishwashing, to off-peak energy demand hours to increase electricity reliability. Do full loads when you use clothes washers, dryers, and dishwashers. Consider making home improve-ments that will reduce monthly energy bills. Insulate your attic. Earn 50% returns on your investment by installing insulation and weather stripping to cut your heating and air conditioning costs.
For a free booklet on energy-efficiency and cost-saving tips, call 888-878-3256 or go to www.ase.org/ consumer (website).
Publication date: 06/04/2001