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Energy Bills 9/12/11

If you're tired of your money getting sucked up by high energy bills … … there's help. Consumer Reports' Dan DiClerico says there are ways to save all over your house.

Dan DiClerico "Start with your electronics. Powering them can cost nearly as much as powering your kitchen appliances."

More than a third of homes now have multiple computers and half have three or more televisions. But you may not realize this is a major energy guzzler - your set-top box. That plus a high-definition DVR can actually use more energy than some refrigerators!


Dan DiClerico "One way to save: Ask your cable company for a new box that meets Energy Star's 3.0 standards."

Another money-saver - setting your computer to sleep or hibernate when you're not using it.

Dan DiClerico "Along with electronics, appliances account for 30 cents of every dollar you spend on electricity."

For savings, when you're buying a new appliance, look for one with the Energy Star logo. The program has recently gotten stricter. And always look to cut your heating and cooling costs, which account for around 40 percent of typical energy use.

Dan DiClerico "The most effective way to do this - insulate your attic, make sure your ductwork is prproperly sealed, and eliminate any air leaks like this one here."

Making changes like this can add up to an average savings of 500 dollars a year. "

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