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NEW ENERGY TAX TO RAISE HOME ENERGY COSTS NATIONWIDE; CONSUMERS CAN TAKE MEASURES NOW TO PREPARE AND CONSERVE

 VALLEY FORGE, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- With a new presidency typically come new policies and programs like the proposed new energy tax.
 The energy tax is a wide ranging fuel tax based on the BTU or heat content of each fuel being used and is designed to promote conservation and reduction in the nation's consumption of imported oil and highly polluting fuels. The tax is expected to collect nearly $50 billion from businesses and homeowners over the next four years. The bulk of the money is anticipated to come from the energy used to heat and cool homes.
 What does it mean to homeowners? The cost of natural gas, heating oil and electricity from coal, hydropower and nuclear power used to heat and cool homes will go up by an average of $100-$143 per year.
 To combat the rising energy costs, the CertainTeed Home Institute suggests that homeowners prepare now by taking the time to make their homes more energy efficient. An energy-efficient home uses less energy and is more comfortable year round.
 One of the first steps a homeowner should take is to have a home energy audit undertaken. Many utilities will conduct audits for little or no cost. These audits show where a home is losing energy. Utilities then provide a written report with specific recommendations for making the home more energy efficient.
 Another option is to call in a professional insulation contractor who can also inspect your home and recommend where you need extra insulation.
 Generally, homes built before the late 80s do not have proper levels of insulation. An insulation contractor will evaluate the areas of a home that need insulation, the amount of insulation required based on the location in the country a homeowner lives in and then recommend the best material for the job. Many insulation contractors today recommend Insul Safe III(R) Blown-In Fiber Glass Insulation, which is thermally efficient, noncombustible and noncorrosive.
 For a free copy of "The Energy Tax and Your Energy Efficient Home," write to the CertainTeed Home Institute, P.O. Box 860, Valley Forge, Pa., 19482.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Newton of CertainTeed, 215-341-7739/


CO: CertainTeed Corporation; CertainTeed Home Institute ST: Pennsylvania IN: ENV SU: MJ-CC -- PH015 -- 3446 03/05/93 12:33 EST
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