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Home Energy Efficiency is New Feature on eXtension Web Site for Earth Day

4/20/2010

AMES, Iowa-- More than 70 land-grant universities from across the nation have combined resources to produce a new Web site on home energy efficiency. It contains many resource areas within eXtension (pronounced E-extension), an educational initiative of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System to help people make more informed decisions.

Home energy is the newest topic for eXtension and will encourage consumers to adopt energy-efficient measures and use energy-efficient products and materials in their homes. Available just in time for Earth Day April 22, the new Web site is accessible at www.extension.org/home_energy.

“After a long, cold winter with expensive heating bills, the new Web site provides the information consumers need to help make their homes more energy efficient, save money and be better prepared for next winter,” said Mary Yearns, Iowa State University Extension housing specialist.

Each U.S. household spends about $2,000 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. Improving energy use in homes through efficiency practices and products can save money, conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Extension housing specialists across the nation were receiving many questions about home energy issues and thought a Web site would be an effective way to address common consumer concerns,” explained Yearns.

The home energy resource area offers information focused on existing homes, new homes and alternative energy systems. The site features:

• Frequently Asked Questions – Home energy experts have answers for more than 140 frequently asked questions, providing information on topics such as home appliances and building materials.

• Fact Sheets – Information on heating and cooling systems, appliances, building materials, maintenance and landscape provides the latest research and best practices to reduce home energy use.

• Ask an Expert – Experts respond to individual questions from the public.

“The launch date for the new portion of the Web site is April 22, in celebration of Earth Day,” said Yearns.

About eXtension
More than 25 resource areas on eXtension provide objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of more than 70 land-grant universities. The eXtension site, www.extension.org, is customized with links to state Cooperative Extension Services.

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Contacts :

Mary Yearns, Human Development and Family Studies, 515-294-8520, yearns@iastate.edu

Kassi Williams, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-9915, kassi8@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu