Energy Efficiency—Your Best Investment
Energy conservation is easy to do, costs little, and provides the best return on investment. Whether renewable resources power your home or you receive power from the utility grid, simple conservation efforts will reduce your energy bill and increase the life of your alternative energy system.
Between 10% and 20% of your energy consumption is associated with lighting. Installing simple energy efficient CFL and LED lights can reduce this to 5%.
Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) – uses 25% of the electricity consumed by traditional incandescent lights
Light Emitting Diode (LED) – uses as little as 10% of the electricity consumed by traditional incandescent lights
Efficient showerheads and toilets can significantly reduce both water and electricity consumption. By reducing hot water consumption during showers, you also decrease the amount of natural gas, propane, or electricity used for heating.
Low Flow Shower Head – Cuts water consumption by 50 to 70%
Low Flow Toilet – Cuts water consumption up to 50%
Dish washers, refrigerators, dryers, and air conditioners account for the bulk of your energy consumption. High efficiency, Energy Star appliances can save you money.
Depending on electricity rates, replacing an old fridge can save you between $125.00 (@$0.15/kWh) and $375.00 (@$0.35/kWh) per year. Similarly, ultra efficient washing machines use 25% of the water and half the electricity of a traditional vertical washing machine.
Energy Efficiency Links
U.S. Department of Energy\'s Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Home Page
EERE Energy Savers Tips
EERE Energy Savers Booklet — Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home
Green Homes: Beat the Heat Efficiently
(Special thanks to Rebecca Chase and her class at afterskoolkids.org for submitting this resource to us.)