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Energy Efficiency and Weatherization Tips

Energy conservation is any behavior that results in the use of less energy. Energy efficiency, on the other hand, is the use of technology that requires less energy to perform the same function. There are many ways that consumers can take part in and benefit from these efforts. Efforts can be as simple as replacing traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light blubs (CFLs) or as extensive as replacing old appliances with new Energy Star approved models.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), "households use about one-fifth of the total energy consumed in the United States each year. The typical U.S. family spends almost $1,500 a year on utility bills. About 60 percent is in the form of electricity; the remainder comes mostly from natural gas and oil." To ensure energy is not lost, consumers should make sure appliances are off or unplugged when not in use. Weatherization is also a way to conserve energy and reduce costs.

Weatherization services are cost-effective energy efficiency measures that include everything from weatherstripping doors and windows to adding insulation to existing homes. So no matter your budget, you can take part in energy conservation efforts. To learn more about energy efficiency and weatherization, visit the Web links below.

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