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Saving Energy Saves You Money

July 19, 2011 - 3:06pm

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Saving energy saves you money. What could you buy with the money you save? (Ad Council PSA)

Today, the Energy Department teamed up with the folks from the Ad Council to launch a national consumer education campaign that will help consumers save money by saving energy. The public service announcements aim to help consumers save money on their energy bills by doing things such as sealing leaks in their homes and using energy efficient products.

"Americans spend about $2,000 per household on energy every year - but many of them could save a few hundred of that without changing their lifestyle," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "Many American families can take simple steps to reduce their energy bill, while making their homes more comfortable, and use that money for something they really need or want."

Check out energysavers.gov for tools and information that can help you make your home more efficient. Some of the tips on the website include quick and affordable changes that you can easily make to your home to save energy and money.

For instance, did you know that you could save more than $100 a year on heating and cooling bills by using a programmable thermostat to air condition your home only when you need to? And an even easier money-saving switch can be made just by upgrading 15 of the traditional light bulbs in your home to energy-saving incandescent, CFL, or and LED light bulbs -- which could save you about $50 per year!

Two TV ads were rolled out today along with several clever billboards. Here is my personal favorite video -- in which the narrator explains how all the money you spend wasting energy could be used in more fun ways (obviously).

Now ask yourself -- what are you going to do with the money you save when you start saving energy?

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