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Tips to Cut Back on Energy Costs

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RICHLAND, Wash--  Studies show the average family pays $1,500 a year on electricity.  But one group says they've found ways to cut that bill by almost 90%.

Oregon Interfaith Power and Light met at the Richland Community Center Monday, hoping to point out energy saving tips.  Their main target-- churches and homes that are unknowingly wasting energy.

"We can look at our hot water usage, and perhaps cut way back on that," says Janet Griffin, a priest at All Saints Episcopal Church.  "The way doors separate parts of the buildings which have different heating systems needs to be looked at."

Griffin says the meeting opened her eyes to a number of free energy saving tips.  The group also recommends long term investments, like making a repair instead of buying new.