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Editor's Note (September 2014): The PSAs have been removed from this blog post because this campaign with Ad Council has ended.
Today, the Energy Department -- in partnership with the Ad Council -- released two new public service announcements (PSAs) as part of its national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money by saving energy. The new PSAs offer practical and simple actions that both homeowners and renters can take to save money on their energy bills. The PSAs will air on time donated by media outlets.
The two PSAs use animated infographics to provide seven no-cost tips for saving energy. Wondering how much energy these tips will help you save? We’re breaking them down for you below and providing additional Energy Saver resources to help you save even more energy and money at home.
- Don’t let money blow out of your house. In addition to closing your doors and windows when the heat or air conditioning is on, consider air sealing your home for even bigger energy savings. Air sealing is one of the quickest ways to cut your heating and cooling costs, and Energy Saver has DIY Savings Projects that provide step-by-step instructions on how to weatherstrip your windows and seal air leaks with caulk.
- Small changes have big results. Turning your thermostat back from its normal setting by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs.
- Start saving money instantly by adjusting your water heater temperature. If your water heater temperature is set too high, you could be wasting money. Check out Energy Saver’s step-by-step guide to lowering your water heating temperature to start saving today.
- Did you know that about 90 percent of energy used to operate a clothes washer comes from heating water? Switching your temperature setting from hot to cold water can significantly reduce your energy use. Explore more ways to save energy when doing laundry.
- Don’t pay for energy you aren’t using. Just by using the auto sleep function on your computer, you could save up to $30 a year on your electricity bills.
- In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power electronics and appliances is consumed while the products are turned off -- costing about $100 a year. Cut standby power costs by using a powerstrip and turning it off when you are finished using your electronics.
- Save money on fuel costs by driving sensibly. Avoiding speeding, rapid acceleration and hard braking can improve your highway gas mileage by up to 33 percent and your city mileage by 5 percent. That's a savings of $0.18-$1.19 per gallon. Learn more money-saving driving tips at fueleconomy.gov.
Whether you adopt one or all of these tips, remember that the more energy you save, the more money you save.