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How much money do you spend heating, cooling, and lighting your home? Do you want to spend less?According to a 2005 report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, buildings consume 48 percent of the energy—and over 70 percent of theMoreHow much money do you spend heating, cooling, and lighting your home? Do you want to spend less?According to a 2005 report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, buildings consume 48 percent of the energy—and over 70 percent of the electricity—used in the United States every year. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the annual energy bill in the average American home is $2,200. It’s likely that you can make a few changes and save money every year from now on, and enjoy a more comfortable and more sustainable home.This article focuses on saving energy at home: energy-saving steps that are fast, cheap, and easy. You will learn how to determine where your home is losing energy and money, see dozens of photos and 30 videos that demonstrate how professionals fix those problems, and make money-saving changes immediately. You should be able to decrease your total energy use by 10-20% with these steps, over a few weekends, while spending only $100–200.In this article, you’ll learn fast, cheap, and easy strategies, such as:• Which basic behaviors to change to lower your home energy bills and save money immediately.• Which equipment settings to change and which to leave alone.• How to take advantage of programs like energy audits, off-peak electric rates, tax credits, and rebates that help you conserve energy.• Why you don’t need to spend a lot of money to save a lot of money, year after year.• If you want to continue, use even less electricity, and save even more money, you’ll learn some strategies that require more investment but pay off even more.And granted, you may have to think a bit to apply this information to your own home, but try not to get overwhelmed by the numbers and statistics. Just pay attention to your utility bills, use the strategies in this article to identify the projects that seem most appropriate, and then note the difference each month in your bills.This article totals just under 12,000 words and about 45 pages.