10/03/2005

Bush to push Americans to cut energy use - Yahoo! News

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. heating fuel bills expected to soar this winter, the Bush administration on Monday will unveil a national campaign to show households, businesses and the federal government how to save energy and reduce their heating expenses.

The government has warned Americans to get ready for higher heating fuel bills this winter, due in part to the shutdown of oil refineries and natural gas processing plants and the disruption in oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico caused by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

For consumers who warm their homes with natural gas, their winter costs would be 52 percent higher nationally from last year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The Energy Department's analytical arm forecast heating oil expenses would rise 34 percent and electricity bills would be up 11 percent.

U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman and the Alliance to Save Energy consumer group will announce a joint program on Monday to encourage Americans to cut back their energy usage and shave their heating bills.

In three new radio public service announcements, Bodman will convey the message that consumers "have the power" to manage their energy bills and use energy efficiency to ease "the pinch of high energy prices." The ads cover home heating, gasoline and the purchase of energy-efficient appliances with the ENERGY STAR label.

Bush to push Americans to cut energy use - Yahoo! News

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