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A Million Copies and Counting

Energy Savers brochure reaches milestone and laboratory record

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Golden, Colo., Oct. 18, 1999 - A compact, colorful booklet that details hundreds of energy and money saving tips for homeowners has become the most widely circulated publication produced by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL.)

One million copies of Energy Savers-Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home have been printed and are in circulation across the country. The cost of printing Energy Savers — which is free to consumers — has been born by the publication's private sector sponsors or the state and local governments which help distribute the document.

One-third of the energy produced every year in the U.S. is used to heat, cool and light our buildings, with a price tag of around $230 billion. Since October is Energy Awareness Month, DOE and NREL officials believe the Energy Savers milestone is a timely reminder that the booklet is a useful resource for anybody looking to improve the energy efficiency of their home and household appliances.

NREL developed the first edition of Energy Savers in 1997 for DOE's Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs, which is a part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Owens Corning, of Toledo, Ohio is the primary co-sponsor. For the past three years, DOE and Owens Corning have become Energy Saver partners with more than 200 companies or government offices, which are allowed to purchase copies of the booklet for distribution to their customers and the general public.

As of Oct. 1, the total number of copies in circulation topped 1 million.

Energy Savers contains tips on home weatherization and energy efficient heating and cooling systems, windows and appliances. It includes dozens of contacts where consumers can find more information about energy saving products and systems.

Free copies of Energy Savers are available by calling DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC) at 1-800-363-3732. The booklet can be viewed online at www.eren.doe.gov/consumerinfo/energy_savers. Media can download a graphic to accompany an Energy Savers article at www.eren.doe.gov/energy_savers_partners/press.html.


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