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Six Degrees of Saving Energy

By December 14, 2006

The cost to power a home and vehicle for the average person has risen 32% over the last two years. This winter alone the average family will spend over 900 dollars to heat their homes according to the Energy Information Administration estimates. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, a good portion of the costs that consumers see are the result of wasted energy. To combat this, the ASE has developed the Six Degrees of Energy Efficiency Challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to demonstrate to individual consumers the connections between our individual energy use, and the world's environment, economy, and security. The challege begins with a short, interactive quiz where users are asked questions about energy saving tactics like fuel efficiency and compact fluorescent lights. Upon completion of the quiz. The user is asked to provide a list of six friends who they would like to inform about the challenge before taking them to a page with coupons for 3M weather stripping and filters to help winterize thier homes.

Althought the site is still in its infancy, there is quite a bit of good information and there are promises for the following upgrades in the future:
  • Extensive materials and additional tips to help consumers .
  • Broad media outreach to get the word out to consumers.
  • Forums to educate national, regional, and local policymakers.
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