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It's A Fact

It would be interesting to know how much our reliance on foreign oil could be reduced if we changed our lifestyles. From the U.S. Dept. of Energy:

* Americans spend $3.5 billion every year heating backyard swimming pools. 
Pool and spa pumps top the list of energy gluttons, with refrigerators right behind:

* Homeowners can save about 44% of energy costs by cutting down on hot water use.  Bathroom and kitchen sinks are the biggest gluttons of hot water; washers are next.

      
            Charts and Data from U.S. Dept. of Energy

* If all the nation’s households used the most efficient (Energy Star) refrigerators, electricity savings would eliminate the need for about 10 large power plants. 

* Even when CD players are turned off, they still consume enough energy in one year to power the Las Vegas strip for six months.

* Reflective roofing and road materials and planting shade trees could help cool the Los Angeles area by five degrees, reducing annual air-conditioning bills by $150 million and smog concentrations by 10% (equivalent to removing 3/4 of the cars on the road).

* Refrigerators in the U.S. alone use the equivalent of the output of more than 20 large nuclear power plants. If all the nation’s households used the most efficient refrigerators, electricity savings would eliminate the need for about 10 large power plants

* Homeowners can save about 44% of energy costs by cutting down on hot water use.  Bathroom and kitchen sinks are the biggest gluttons of hot water; washers are next.  Six years ago (December 1997), we purchased a front-loading washing machine that had been "certified" as a water saver.  Now, according to a salesman, all washers are required to meet federal water-saving standards. 

* TVs, VCRs, cable boxes, CD players, cassette decks, cordless phones, burglar alarms, microwaves -- continue to consume energy when switched off. . . .Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory calculates that these energy "leaks" account for 5 percent of total domestic energy consumption, . . . New technology in TVs and VCRs bearing the Energy Star label will reduce wasted energy by up to 75 percent.

*Rule of thumb for thermostat savings: For each degree you lower your thermostat in winter, you can save about 3 percent on your heating bill.

*Double-pane windows with low-e coating can reduce heating bills by 34 percent in cold climates compared to uncoated, single-pane windows. In hot climates, spectrally selective low-e windows can cut cooling costs by 38 percent.

           Alliance to Save Energy -- Consumers

* The nation could save 190,000 barrels of oil per day by setting  air conditioner thermostats at 78 degrees.
* By lowering your thermostat from 70 degrees to 65 degrees, you can save about 15% on your energy bill. 
            Pacific Gas & Electric, CA

* Funding R&D energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs costs Americans only $4.00 per person a year. 
         The Atlantic Monthly

* Only 1% of California's electricity is generated by oil (compared to 3% nationally).   If every California household exchanged  4 - 100 watt incandescent light bulbs with 4 - 27 watt fluorescent bulbs, the State could shut down 4- 350 megawatt power plants.

           Rocky Mountain Institute (Amory and Hunter Lovins) and Union of Concerned             Scientists