American households spend around $2000/year on their power bills, but they could reduce this by several hundred dollars by making a few simple changes, according to US Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
As a combined effort between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Ad Council, a consumer education campaign designed to help consumers save money on energy bills covers topics such as sealing drafts in their homes and purchasing energy efficient appliances.
The public service announcements, which were designed pro bono by Texas-based advertising agency GSD&M and are airing in advertising time donated by the networks, point consumers to a website created by the US Department of Energy, called Energy Savers. Like the Australian Government’s Your Home website, Energy Savers covers a variety of topics from heating, cooling and lighting through to remodelling.
Energy-saving tips on the website include:
- Using a programmable thermostat to save more than $100 a year on heating and cooling bills, by ensuring you are only conditioning your home when you need to be;
- Saving about $50/year by upgrading 15 traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy saving models; and
- Using air-source heat pumps to save around 30-40% of your heating bill, or ground-source heat pumps for even higher efficiencies.
For more tips on saving energy, see our articles on Easy ways to save money on electricity and More ways to save money on gas and electricity bills.