Household energy consumption
The above graph, courtesy energystar.gov, displays an average household’s energy usage. The graph shows that heating contributes a significant amount to a household's energy use.
Simple energy saving habits
To see how much energy your household uses, and to learn about energy audits, visit our home calculators page.
The following energy saving habits are a few examples about what you could do to easily decrease your energy usage to save you money.
To find more examples visit the federal government's Energy Star website.
1. Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time. A programmable thermostat can be set to increase the temperature when your are home and decrease it when you are not home. Rule of thumb: save 1% per 1 degree per 8 hour period. Used correctly, a home could save up to $180 every year.
2. Decrease “phantom loads”
Phantom loads come from common electric appliances that continue to use a small amount of electricity even when they are turned off. A way to tell if an appliance is using energy is when you turn it off and there is still a light on. Remember: Little things add up! Such appliances are VCRs, Televisions, computers and DVDs. Turning these off or using a power strip to turn off multiple phantom loads will make a big difference.
3. Replace light bulbs
Replacing your average light bulb with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide higher quality light out-put and last up to ten times longer!
4. Replace that old water heater
Did you know that water heaters should last between 10-15 years? An old water heater is less efficient and if it breaks can be a hassle to replace. Think a head and start researching your options now. Visit our water heaters page for more information on replacement, buying and maintenance.
Weatherization is the process in which keeping the elements out helps to reduce your homes energy consumption creating a more efficient home. Here are a few processes which you can do to improve energy efficiency of your home.
- Energy audits to evaluate home's energy usage.
- Exterior wall and attic insulation.
- Air infiltration and bypass sealing.
- Test, repair, and/or replace home mechanical systems to ensure efficiency and safety.
- Window and door replacement.
6. Replace furnace or A/C
You can benefit greatly by replacing your older furnace or A/C with the new energy efficient models on the market today. If you’re apprehensive, check out our home calculators for the furnace calculator and see how much you could save!