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Energy Efficiency: The Facts

Every year, more than $13 billion worth of energy leaks from houses through small holes and cracks. That's more than $150 per family!

A compact fluorescent light bulb uses 75 percent less energy than a regular bulb – and it can last up to four years.

Across America, home refrigerators use the electricity of 25 large power plants every year.

Some new refrigerators are so energy-smart they use less electricity than a light bulb!

A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That's more than one person uses in two weeks.

An energy-smart clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime!

A crack as small as 1/16th of an inch around a window frame can let in as much cold air as leaving the window open three inches!

An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand - an average of six gallons less, or more than 2,000 gallons per year.

This year, commit yourself and a team of your friends, family, and neighbors to help save energy in your home and to help others do so, too. Join United We Serve. This tool kit will give you the basics to start reducing your carbon footprint, recruit a team, organize your group, and make an impact on your community.

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