Guess how much energy expenses are costing you?

American homes lose $13 billion in wasted energy every year, averaging a whopping $150 per family. What’s more, the average family spends about $1,900 per year on utility bills.

In these economic times, it’s hard to fork out that kind of money.

What’s even more outrageous is that energy companies are currently lobbying Congress for more handouts and more “pork,” while everyday citizens are feeling the stranglehold of energy costs.

There is a solution – but we need to act fast.

Congress is considering setting aside more than $10 billion ($6 billion in grants, $4 billion in tax credits) for homeowners to weatherize their homes as part of the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package. The “green energy stimulus” also would include measures to promote renewable energy and a public works project to make public buildings more energy-efficient.

This solution can directly benefit so many Americans.

For example, improving energy efficiency in heating and cooling can save the average household more than $500 a year in utility costs. Weatherizing a home typically costs $50 per household but can save families up to two or three times that in just one winter.

Imagine how those savings could help with other day-to-day expenses.

I strongly urge you to act today and urge lawmakers to include energy-efficiency initiatives for you and other homeowners in the stimulus package. Tell them to resist pleas for “pork” from the nuclear and oil industries, which have gotten plenty over the past few years – at your expense.

We need to act quickly and forcefully. Congress and the Obama administration plan to move swiftly to pass this legislation, and the energy package will face opposition along the way. Lawmakers are being swamped by lobbyists for energy companies looking for handouts that will benefit them, not you.

Please, make your voice heard loud and clear. Tell the government to help house holds cut energy costs, reduce our country’s dependence on oil and invest in green infrastructure today!