Office of Energy Policy
Save Energy this Winter with Help from ENERGY STAR

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lola Lyle
(800) 282-0868

The average American household spends $1,500 annually on energy bills, and that figure may go up as much as 50 percent this year.

Almost half of that energy goes to heating and cooling your home. Lighting and appliances represent about a quarter and home electronic products like computers, TVs and cell phone chargers take a significant and growing share of what is left.  Each of us can take steps today to reduce energy use at home this winter, while still staying comfortable.  These small steps, taken together, can make a big difference in terms of lowering our national energy bill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

According to John Davies, Director of the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy’s Division of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, “One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bills is to seal air holes, cracks, openings in your home and to add insulation to stop the flow of heat through the walls and the ceilings.  Weather-strip doors, windows and attic hatches to prevent warm air from escaping.”  In addition, Mr. Davies stated that every degree a home’s thermostat is lowered during the heating season would lower the heating bill by five to eight percent.

Find out if your home is ready for the winter by taking the EPA Home Energy Quiz at

ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.  Energy-efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill without sacrificing features, style or comfort.  ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy-efficient choice.

For more information about energy efficiency, visit the Office of Energy Policy’s Web site at  For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit