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For Your Home
Looking for easy energy savers for your home? Buying a new furnace or air conditioner? Building a new home? Check these resources to learn more about the benefits of energy efficiency:
Energy efficiency rebates and incentives
Don't miss out on these money-saving incentives on high-efficiency furnaces, central air conditioners, washing machines, replacement windows and more.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Switch to energy-saving, longer-lasting compact fluorescent lighting - and get cash back for every bulb you buy!
New Home Construction
Earn thousands in rebates when you build in energy-efficiency from the ground up.
Heating Cooling Equipment
Take advantage of great rebates on new high-efficiency furnaces, natural gas boilers, central air conditioners, heat pumps, programmable thermostats and water heaters.

High-Efficiency Washers
Cut your water heating costs by $120 a year with an energy-smart washer - and get cash back on the purchase price.
Home Energy Audit
Learn from an energy specialist how to lower your utility bills - and get money back when you upgrade your home insulation.
Replacement Windows
Replace those drafty old panes and get cash back for each new high-efficiency window you install.
Low-Interest Financing
Even if you're low on cash, you can invest in high-efficiency products for your home with special rates through Wells Fargo Bank.
Refrigerator Recycling
Get rid of that old energy-wasting refrigerator or freezer - and get cash back for it.

Easy home energy savers
It may not seem like using a different kind of light bulb or tightening up window will really make a difference. But with these 10 easy ways to save energy, you can cut your energy bills - fast!
1. Set back your thermostat. If you lower the temperature 10 degrees while you're sleeping, you can save ten percent on your heating bills.
2, Do a home energy audit. These surveys analyze how and why you use energy at home and show you easy ways to conserve.
3. Upgrade your attic insulation. Upgrading attic insulation from three inches to 12 inches can cut your heating bills by 20 percent - and air conditioning bills by 10 percent.
4. Weatherize doors and windows. A few inexpensive tubes of caulk and rolls of weatherstripping can help reduce heating bills by 20 percent and cooling bills by 10 percent.
5. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last 10 times longer than ordinary incandescent bulbs, and they use 75 percent less energy.
6. Check your furnace filter. Failing to clean or replace a filter can make your furnace and central air conditioner run harder, quickly reducing its operating efficiency and life span.
7. Install a water-saving showerhead. A family of four can cut their water-heating costs by $250 a year just by switching to an energy-saving showerhead.
8. Use smaller kitchen appliances. Microwaves, toaster ovens and slow cookers can use 75 percent less energy than a large electric oven.
9. Get rid of that extra refrigerator or freezer. It could be adding more than $100 to your electric bill every year.
10. Give your appliances a vacation too. Before you leave on a trip, turn off and unplug everything you can, and set your water heater to the lowest setting.