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New Publication Helps Find Energy Waste

A new NDSU publication can help homeowners spot home energy wasters.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service has a new publication to help homeowners determine whether their home is wasting energy.

“The Top Ten Home Energy Checklist (AE-1442)” enables homeowners to save money and energy by providing tips on energy-related topics, including whether their foundation, ceiling and walls are insulated adequately; setting back thermostats; locating air leaks; determining whether to replace their furnace or windows; how much energy they’re wasting by heating water; the efficiency of their lighting; whether they have Energy Star-rated appliances; and how landscaping and personal habits can minimize energy use.

Energy savings can be significant, according to Carl Pedersen, NDSU Extension energy educator and the author of the publication.

“For example, many homes still have outdated draft inverter furnaces that are, at best, 60 percent efficient,” he says. “That means that 40 percent of the heating bill each year is wasted to the outside.”

Single copies of the publication are available free of charge from county Extension offices or the Agriculture Communication Distribution Center. Anyone wanting multiple copies must pay postage and handling. Contact the Distribution Center at (701) 231-7882 or NDSU.DistributionCenter@ndsu.edu.

The publication also is online at http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/abeng/pdffiles/ae1442.pdf.

For more information on other energy-related topics, visit NDSU’s energy Web site at http://www.ndsu.edu/energy.

NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source:Carl Pedersen, (701) 231-5833, carl.pedersen@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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