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We'll be answering your pre-recorded video questions during our Earth Day Google+ Hangout! Watch the video or read below for details on how to participate.

We’re celebrating Earth Day 2013 by hosting a special Google+ Hangout on Monday, April 22 at 3 pm EDT. We’ve rounded up our panel of experts to answer your questions and share best strategies for saving energy and money in the home. The live discussion will be streamed on Google+YouTube and

On average, American families spend more than $2,000 per year on their home energy bills. Unfortunately, much of this money is wasted on air leaks and drafts. When you consider that the residential sector accounts for about 22 percent of U.S. energy consumption – upgrading your home to run more efficiently is not only a great way to save money but can also help minimize your impact on the planet. 

Our Earth Day Google+ Hangout not only gives you the opportunity to learn new approaches to home efficiency upgrades, it’s also your platform to share your best energy-saving tips. During the live discussion, we will be selecting video questions to answer in addition to taking real-time questions from Twitter and Google+ tagged with #askEnergy. You can also submit questions by emailing us at or posting in the comments on the Energy Department’s Facebook page.

Want your video featured during the hangout? Here’s how to participate:

  • Record your video, keeping it 30 seconds in length or less.
  • During the recording, share your name and where you’re from.
  • Upload the video to YouTube and tag it with #askEnergy.
  • Submit the final video by April 16.

Whether you want tips on increasing the comfort of your home, information on rebates and tax-credits or details on how to incorporate solar and other renewable-energy technologies into the home, our panelists are ready to share solutions and advice. Until then, we look forward to viewing your video questions and engaging with you in a lively discussion on energy-saving solutions to benefit both our home and our world.

For updates leading up to the Earth Day Hangout, be sure to check in with us on And, for tips and advice on ways to save energy and money, visit Energy Saver