“The only way we can truly achieve energy independence is if we work together at home and in Washington.” --Jim Craig

(MAY 26, 2006)— Today, Jim Craig, Congressional Candidate in New Hampshire’s First District announced his plan for saving energy and keeping costs down. As the summer tourist season begins, New Hampshire citizens can take action today to cut their energy costs. Energy independence starts at home. The next step, in November, is to make real change in Washington and elect a Congress that will put America first and not “big oil.”

“Change in Washington cannot happen over the course of this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start cutting down on your family’s energy costs right now,” Jim said. “When I am elected to Congress, I will fight for New Hampshire’s families by supporting measures that actually lower energy prices instead of putting the economy at risk. It is time to take our energy future into our own hands for future generations.”

Jim Craig offers Practical Solutions for Personal Energy Savings

q Change a Light- Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

q Maintain proper tire inflation. For every pound per square inch (PSI) that your tires are under-inflated, you’re lowering your fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent per tire.

q Adjust your Thermostat -by moving your cooling thermostat up by 2 degrees in the summer you could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

q Clean or replace filters in your air conditioner -Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year

q Slow down . The faster a vehicle travels, the more gas it burns.

q Avoid quick starts and sudden stops. This wastes fuel, is harder on vehicle components and increases the odds of a traffic crash.

q Routinely maintain your vehicle. Keeping systems operating properly will help your vehicle achieve maximum fuel economy.

q Start a carpool with your family and friends- Sharing a ride this holiday weekend will greatly reduce your carbon dioxide emissions

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“That is the kind of practical leadership I will bring to Congress. While it is important to take strides to cut costs right now we must also be thinking long term solutions,” said Jim.

This effort to create long-term solutions has to begin now – there is no time for delay. We need to support measures that encourage the purchase and development of hybrid technologies, alternative energy sources and new solutions to our country’s energy crisis.

“The American people have a history of working together in times of crisis, it is important to act now.” Jim said. “This November we have the opportunity to bring long term change and energy relief.”

Solutions for Long Term Energy Independence :

q Energy Consumer Relief for families, small businesses and farmers: Provide relief to families paying skyrocketing energy costs by expanding the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and provide relief to small business.

q Create a strategic gasoline and jet fuel reserve. A gasoline and jet fuel reserve like our Strategic Petroleum Reserve, would protect Americans from price spikes like those after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

q Creating the Next Generation of Revolutionary Energy Technologies :

Commitment to creating a new initiative to provide seed money for fundamental research needed to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies and build markets for the next generation of revolutionary energy technologies.

q Make Hybrids Not Hummers: Increase the federal tax credit for purchase of hybrids and other lean-burn vehicles. Hybrids can often cost $6,000 more than a comparable, non-hybrid vehicle, but current tax incentives only cover a fraction of this cost.

q Plug It In: Provide credits toward the installation of hybrid plug-in conversion kits. Plug-in hybrids recharge overnight at a standard electrical outlet, greatly reducing the amount of gasoline these vehicles need.

Jim Craig, a life-long resident of Manchester, has represented the 9th District of Hillsborough County in the New Hampshire State House for eight years. As the Democratic Leader, Jim earned a solid reputation for working across party lines to build a lasting, bipartisan consensus that represents the mainstream values of New Hampshire residents.