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Doug Rye, the "Doctor of Energy Efficiency-the King of Caulk and Talk" can be heard on several different Illinois radio stations. Or you can go to his Web site at, or call 888-Doug-Rye or 501-653-7931. You can also sign up for a free newsletter and order his "how to" videotapes.

Energy Solutions:

The Heat is On

It's time to make energy efficiency a top priority

Can you believe it? I made a mistake in last month's column. In discussing the energy efficiency of windows, I told you that the lower the U value, the better, which is correct. However, when I told you the higher the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), the better, I was wrong. It is actually the lower the SHGC the better. Look for windows that have a SHGC rating of .33 or less.

My wife told me recently, "When I married Mr. RIGHT, I didn't know his first name was Always."

Well, you now know that I'm not perfect.

I have proofread this column more closely so I don't expect any mistakes in this one. And I want you to read it closely, too.

In our church service recently, a member said to me, "Doug, what I like about you is that you tell it like it is." He was referring to my radio program, "Home Remedies." So, here I go again telling it like it is.

Folks, don't let these lower gasoline prices lull you into a false sense of security. In my opinion, energy prices will continue to increase. The cost of obtaining energy resources such as oil, natural gas and coal will increase and the world's demand will put great stress on these supplies.

It is my opinion that we will experience the beginning of what we call the "rapid oil decline" in about six years. This is that point where the demand for oil is greater than the supply.

How do we deal with rising energy costs?

The answer is simple. It is time for all of us to make energy efficiency a top priority. It is time for us to quit whining about paying a little more for something that is more energy efficient. I have confidence in our readers and know you want to make the right choices.

Since winter is here, I thought we would take a look at the efficiency of heating units. Please review the following chart, which compares efficiency and operating costs of different types of heating equipment. This chart is based on facts. It shows the cost of obtaining 100,000 BTUs of heat with different types of equipment.

Heating Comparison

Now, when you are ready to purchase a heating system for your existing home or for your new house, you will know the facts.

Perhaps you think I've been a little too serious in this month's column, but I do consider this to be a very serious matter. I truly believe that energy efficiency must be a top priority for all of us.

P.S. I'm also serious about wishing you a happy holiday season.

Heating Comparison Table

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