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Consumer Energy Saving Tips Web Site Updated
The U.S. Department of Energy has updated and expanded itsEnergy Saving Tips web site
with detailed consumer information and tips on how to save money by developing smart energy habits. The site also serves as a consumer-friendly portal to detailed energy saving information from a number of other federal agencies.
EnergySavingTips.gov provides practical links to help consumers:
- Shop by zip code for Energy Star appliances;
- Find the lowest-priced gasoline in their neighborhood;
- Compare the fuel efficiency of vehicles currently on the market;
- Identify features to look for when buying a hybrid or alternate fuel vehicle;
- Take advantage of various tax incentives and utility rebates that may be available from the federal government, local communities or through state energy offices.
Consumers can also access free software tools through the site to evaluate their home energy use and determine what can be saved by adopting simple, energy-smart practices such as upgrading old, leaky windows, installing a programmable thermostat or simply turning down the hot water heater.
A Wealth of Energy Saving Ideas for the Home
Homeowners and renters know saving energy means saving money without sacrificing comfort. There are many things you can do to save energy in your current home, or when designing and building a new energy-efficient house. Whether you choose no/low cost improvements or invest in long-term energy saving strategies, the following sites can help you choose what is best for your energy picture.
The Energy Office offers Dollar and Energy Saving Loans through 251 participating lenders at 699 locations across the state for many home improvements that reduce energy use.