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Make Your Home Energy Efficient With Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Check out this video for a wide range of energy efficiency tips from Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

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Okay, so a 16 minute video about energy efficiency may not be for everyone (heavy sigh), but that's not going to stop me from posting this one. For it's not every day that you have head of the Department of Energy, Steven Chu, sitting down to answer questions about home energy efficiency—yes, that lowest hanging energy fruit! that core climate solution!—that were submitted by regular citizens like us through email, Twitter, and Facebook.

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I've written quite a bit about "Home Star"—aka "Cash for Caulkers"—and have made no effort at all to disguise my enthusiasm for the prospective program. You know, the one that will create a ton of jobs, cut the average family's energy expenses, and cut our collective carbon emissions? Well in this next short Senate session, there's a bill sitting there that includes Home Star. But, as Jeff Rickert of Green For All warns in an email today, time is running out:

Home Star -- a fast-acting, short-term, job creation program that will drive new investment into the construction and manufacturing sectors while saving consumers money -- passed the House with bipartisan support in May. Your phone calls to Congress were key to the success in the House.

Now it's time for the Senate to act swiftly and create jobs for the American people.

The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act (S. 3663) includes Home Star legislation that has been developed and supported by over 3,000 organizations across the country. Join the National Call-In Day today and call your Senators or follow the link below.

Urge your Senator to support S. 3663 with Home Star »

Congress will return on September 13 for a work period that will extend only to October 8 before it breaks again for the elections. Demand that S.3663 be brought to the Senate floor, debated, and voted on in this short time window.

Time is running out. This is the last realistic chance this year to pass any legislation that creates clean-energy jobs; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; secures our economic, environmental and energy future; and holds oil companies accountable.

If enacted, Home Star will:

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The Zombie Lives of Inefficient Refrigerators

This chart shows the fate of old refrigerators after their owners take advantage of cash incentives to buy new energy efficient machines. The...

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