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Updated energy guide can help you save money in your home

3/5/2018 11:54:31 AM

A recently updated Energy Saver guide from the U.S. Department of Energy offers tips for reducing energy use at home and lowering your utility bills. The guide, “Tips on Saving Money and Energy in Your Home,” is free and available to download from the Department of Energy website.

By following just a few of the simple tips in the guide, you can make your home more comfortable and easier to heat and cool, while reducing energy bills at the same time. The guide shares the latest information on energy-efficient technologies, and it even gives tips for using clean, renewable energy to power your home.

This guide shows you how easy it is to cut your energy use at home and also on the road. Some of the tips are simple to do, like using a programmable thermostat. Others, such as air sealing and adding insulation, require more effort and investment but promise big savings over the years.

Chapter topics include energy audits; weatherizing your home; heating and cooling your home efficiently; designing your home for efficiency; saving electricity with efficient appliances, electronics, and lighting; saving money on fuel; buying fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles; and more.

You can obtain the Energy Saver guide in English or Spanish in the following ways:

Visit the Department of Energy’s Energy Saver website ( for more details on how to improve the efficiency of your home, or check out the Home Energy Guide from the Minnesota Commerce Department website (

Minnesota Energy Tips is provided twice a month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Contact the Commerce Department's Energy Information Center at or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.


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