ABC anchor Charles Gibson briefly outlined the highlights of the Energy Bill that is heading for President George Bush's signature. They include measures to increase automobile fuel efficiency, to boost ethanol production and to conserve electricity. David Wright then followed up with an innovation by electricity utilities--not to use less power but to use it less expensively. Smart electric meters record not only how many kilowatts a household consumes but when, allowing the utility to offer a discount for off-peak use. A "disciplined family," Wright suggested, can wait to clean its dishes and wash its laundry until just before bedtime--and save 11% of its utility bill.
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