Being energy efficient and helping to conserve our nation's resources is a hot topic these days and there's good reason why. Saving money may be the biggest and most obvious benefit to most families, but equally — if not more — important, being energy efficient helps save our natural resources while adopting renewable energy and cutting down on pollution.
Knowing the facts about energy consumption and conservation is important for all families as the United States continues to advance its efforts to conserve. Where should one start to get educated? There are many great resources, including the Department of Energy's Energy Saver web site.
We have done some digging ourselves and are sharing some quick facts to get you started.
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If you're considering financing energy improvements for your home, shop around for an option that best suits your situation, making sure you understand the terms and risks of each option.
Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 42% of your utility bill.
Almost 50% of the electricity in the U.S. comes from coal.
Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.
Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are 75% more energy–efficient, last 10 times longer and produce 75% less heat than standard bulbs. They may cost more upfront, but prove their worth over time.
Using ENERGY STAR® appliances can save you up to 30% on your electric bills.
Most appliances continue to waste energy when not in use, including your cell phone charger, TV and microwave. Remember to unplug and save.
Washing machines with ENERGY STAR ratings can save you 75,000 gallons of water over the machine's lifetime. As a point of reference, the standard bathtub holds approximately 35–50 gallons of water.
There are professionals who can perform thorough energy audits on your home, helping you pinpoint where your it's losing energy and what you can do to save money. You can get help locating these services by reaching out to your state or local government energy or weatherization offices, your electric or gas utility, or visiting the Residential Energy Services Network.
Follow this series to learn more about energy efficiency in your home and the importance of being green.