Take the Chill Out of High Heating Bills: Current Lists of Most Efficient Heating Equipment Now Available

January 19, 2001

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Wendy Koch, 202-507-4753, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

Washington, D.C. — Prices for natural gas and heating oil are up 50% or more in many parts of the United States. While the price of fuel is out of the hands of consumers, there are steps consumers can take to reduce their bills by conserving energy and reducing fuel consumption.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) offers a range of resources for consumers looking to cut their growing utility bills and save energy. Up-to-date information on the top-rated energy-efficient furnaces and boilers can be found on the ACEEE Web site at www.aceee.org/consumerguide. In addition to listing the top-rated models, the Web site contains other tips to help consumers identify opportunities for saving money and energy in the home. The information is derived from ACEEE's popular Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.

"Replacing an older furnace with a top-rated energy-efficient model can yield savings of 20-30%. Consumers with older heating systems should consider replacing these units with new, highly efficient models, particularly if their existing system is more than 20 years old," said Jennifer Thorne, an ACEEE Research Associate and co-author of the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.

Consumers who aren't in the market for a new heating system can still cut their energy use by following tips from the ACEEE Web site. "Sealing air leaks around doors and windows, getting a heating system tune-up, and installing a programmable thermostat to turn down the heat overnight or when the house is unoccupied are simple, inexpensive steps that pay for themselves in less than one year," added Thorne.

Please tell your readers to check out consumerguide. The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (7th edition) is also available through the Web site.