July 18, 2005: Federal Agencies Partner To Reduce Home Energy Bills
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide the latest home energy savings information on a Web portal, www.energysavers.gov.
"In this time of high energy costs it's important that the federal government help Americans find ways to reduce home energy use and save money on their energy bills," DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman said. "Under President Bush's leadership, we have developed new technologies and we continue to invest new dollars in finding ways to help homes become more energy efficient. We want to pass along this knowledge to the American people as quickly as possible."
Americans spend more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, light, and live in their homes, the agencies noted. By taking advantage of home energy efficiencies, an average American family could save $150 year.
"For most owners and renters, utility bills are the second largest household expense," HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said. "That's why housing affordability and energy efficiency go hand in hand. By reducing the price of utility bills, we reduce the cost of living for the nation's low- and moderate-income families."
In addition to the billions of dollars lost through energy inefficiencies, household power waste contributes to power plant emissions that create soot, smog, and acid rain.
"Last year, through Energy StarÂ®, Americans chose to invest in cleaner air and healthier lives, saving enough energy to power 18 million homes and cutting $10 billion from their energy bills," EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said. "We are delighted to work with our federal partners to help lower energy bills, reduce emissions from power plants, and provide the next generation a healthier, cleaner environment."
Goals of the Bush administration's Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency include:
In addition, the agencies noted that individuals can take a number of simple steps today to help make their homes more energy efficient:
For more information on the Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency, visit www.energysavers.gov.
Publication date: 07/18/2005