June 7, 2006
ATTORNEY GENERAL CURRAN OFFERS CONSUMERS NO
(AND LOW) COST WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY
It’s no secret that the cost for home energy – both
natural gas and electricity -- is on the rise. To help consumers
combat energy increases and save money on energy costs, Maryland
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.’s Consumer Protection
Division offers simple energy saving solutions in this month’s
edition of its consumer newsletter, The Consumer’s Edge.
Curran noted that each year a typical home uses 44% of its energy
on heating and cooling, 33% on lighting, cooking, and appliances,
15% on hot water, and 8% on the refrigerator.
“There are many no and low-cost steps each of us can take
to reduce our home energy usage that will save us money in the
long run and be good for the environment,” Curran said.
For example, by setting your thermostat below 73 degrees in the
winter, you can save 2 to 4% in heating costs. Likewise, in the
summer, for each degree you raise your thermostat above 72 degrees,
you can save approximately 5 to 7% on cooling expenses.
A consumer in Owings Mills accrued high energy bills in her home
until she purchased a programmable thermostat for $60 and installed
it in her home. The thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature
at different times of the day, while she and her husband are at
work or when they are asleep. She lowered her energy bill by nearly
$100 a month as a result of installing her programmable thermostat.
tips on how to conserve energy and save money can be found in
The Consumer’s Edge at www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/edge123.pdf.
Curran’s office distributes The Consumer’s
Edge through businesses, schools, and community associations.
in the newsletter should call 410-576-6500.