The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ad Council today launched a national consumer education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills. The public service advertisements (PSA’s) target saving money on energy bills by pointing out to consumers that they can do things such as sealing leaks in their home and using energy efficient products.
"Americans spend about $2000 per household on energy every year — but many of them could save a few hundred of that without changing their lifestyle," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a press release. "Many American families can take simple steps to reduce their energy bill, while making their homes more comfortable, and use that money for something they really need or want."
The PSAs direct homeowners to a DOE website where they can find tools and information to help them make their homes more efficient. Energy-saving tips on the website include:
- Saving more than $100 a year on heating and cooling bills by using a programmable thermostat to make sure you are only conditioning your home when you need to be
- Upgrading 15 of the traditional light bulbs in your home, which could save you about $50 per year
- Using Energy Star qualified appliances to save even more
"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with DOE on this vital energy efficiency campaign," said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council, in the release. "These PSAs will demonstrate to homeowners nationwide the variety of energy efficient alternatives that can provide sustainable savings over time."
For more information, see our Energy Star Research Center.
Both versions of the DOE's PSA are available to view on ProudGreenHome: