WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers can do more than hope for mild weather this winter as they watch heating oil and natural gas prices hit record highs. They can take actions that will reduce their bills and offset soaring energy prices. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) offers 5 practical steps for consumers to take right now at little or no cost:
In addition, consumers with older furnaces should consider replacing them with a top-rated energy-efficient model. "Consumers who replace an older heating system can yield savings of 20% to 30%, particularly if the existing system is more than 20 years old," said Jennifer Thorne Amann, co-author of the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings and an ACEEE Senior Associate. "Take a look at our Web site to find the top-rated systems," she added. The site also contains a wealth of energy- and money-saving tips, including lists of the most energy-efficient appliances.
The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, 8th Edition can be viewed at www.aceee.org/consumerguide. It can also be ordered in hard copy for $13.95 ppd. via the Web site or from ACEEE Publications, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 801, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-429-0063 phone or 202-429-0193 fax.