Energy Efficiency Tips to Save a Bundle

Energy efficiency means using less energy to provide an equal level of energy service. Energy efficiency doesn't simply mean reducing energy consumption within the home. It also pertains to the different types of renewable energy sources available. But there's good news. Going green has never been so easy.

Energy Efficiency Begins at Home
Start with a home energy audit to determine the amount of energy your home uses. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that appliances and home electronics account for nearly 20 percent of an energy bill. Old appliances consume more energy. The Federal Trade Commission requires home appliances to come equipped with EnergyGuide labels. These labels provide an estimate of energy consumption of a product. The Energy Star label shows up on appliances and electronics that meet stringent guidelines. Ovens and stove ranges do not have the label.

Estimate Energy Consumption
Estimating energy use will help you determine if it is time to purchase a new appliance. Or, if you are interested in learning the electric load of your house, use this formula:

  • Wattage x Hours Used Per Day divided by 1000 equals Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh)
  • Multiply the amount by the number of days the appliance is in use throughout the year
  • Multiply the Kilowatt-hour per year by the utility company's kWh rate to determine the dollar amount

The wattage of appliances or home electronics is noted on the nameplate found on the back or bottom of the appliance.

Make Energy Efficient Home Improvements
Home energy costs can be reduced by making simple repairs.

  • Sealing air leaks
  • Insulating walls and attics
  • Changing light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs
  • Installing lighting timers
  • Maintaining heating and cooling systems
  • Insulating water heaters
  • Replacing exterior doors, windows, and skylights

Simple changes in behavior can help make your home energy efficient.

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