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Energy, Saving

Author: Better Business Bureau

There's a basic lesson all US consumers are learning: the days of limitless energy at low cost are over. This doesn't mean we're going to have to give up our cars or wear woolen underwear to bed. But it does mean we have to think more about energy conservation.

Completely apart from the problem of scarce energy is another fact we are all faced with: inflation. Utility bills are much higher these days not only as a result of limited fuel supplies, but also because of inflation. The first thing to consider is balancing your energy budget. A little more than half of your energy budget goes toward heating and cooling your home.

In cold weather, lower your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. You should save at least 15 percent in heating costs if these temperatures are six degrees lower than during last winter. In hot weather, your air conditioner thermostat should be set between 78 and 80 degrees. If this temperature is 6 degrees higher than last summer's, you can cut cooling costs nearly in half. Insulating your home can cut down substantially on your heating and cooling bills.

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