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spend more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, light, and live in their
and cooling use more energy and drain more energy dollars than any other
systems in your home.
45% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling.
and cooling systems in the United States emit 150 million tons of carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere each year, adding to global climate change.
and cooling systems generate about 12% of the nation's sulfur dioxide and 4% of
the nitrogen oxides, the chief ingredients in acid rain.
20% to 30% on energy bills with energy-efficiency improvements.
your energy use and reduce emissions from 20% to 50% with proper
insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings.
appliances continue to draw a small amount of power even when they are switched off.
Unplug appliances after use.
lower the wattage or amperage, the less energy consumed.
10. Replace older appliances with Energy Star-qualified appliances; they use less energy and can save you money.
11. Appliances account for about 20%
of your household's energy consumption.
more about Energy Star-qualified appliances at www.energystar.gov.
energy-saving settings on all appliances.
kettles use less energy than stovetop kettles.
the dishwasher only when it's full.
to 80% of the power used by a dishwasher just heats water.
your clothes washer only with a full load of laundry.
Energy Star washer can save more water than one person drinks in a lifetime.
your laundry with cold water to save energy and money.
20. U.S. households spend up to $135 per year in energy costs drying clothes.
dryers are more efficient than electric ones.
the dryer makes it work harder.
loaders generally conserve water and are more efficient.
with cool-down or perm-press cycles use cool air during the last few minutes;
this saves energy.
25. Refrigerators, clothes washers, and
clothes dryers are at the top of the energy-consumption list.
26. A dirty
lint filter can use 30% more energy.
27. Air conditioning
accounts for about 56% of your energy use.
your AC to 78 degrees. 75 degrees costs 18% more, and 72 degrees costs 39%
air-conditioner filters clean.
30. Air-conditioner capacity should be the right amount for the size of the room.
for an air conditioner with built-in timers and thermostats.
winter, close the air-conditioning unit, unplug, and cover.
air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy-Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The
current minimum is 13 SEER for central air conditioners. Energy Star models are
13 SEER or more.
34. Energy-efficient homes are less costly to own, operate, and maintain, and they are more
the winter, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at
your cooling system in the spring and heating system in the fall.
clean or replace your furnace, air conditioner, and heat-pump filters.
curtains during hot summer months to block the sun.
year, more than $13 billion worth of energy leaks from homes through small
holes and cracks. That’s more than $150 per family.
drafty windows, doors, and holes around plumbing fixtures.
41. Water heaters consume 85% to 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes.
down your water heater to the "warm" setting (120 degrees).
off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after cooking or
older exhaust fans with high-efficiency, low-noise models.
thousand watt-hours equals 1 kilowatt-hour, or 1 kWh.
average residential rate is 8.3 cents per kWh.
typical U.S. household consumes about 11,000 kWh per year, costing an average
of $900 annually.
refrigerator uses almost five times more electricity than a television.
America, home refrigerators use the electricity generated by 25 large power plants
time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30% of cold air escapes.
refrigerators away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
items tightly in freezer.
sure rubber gaskets on refrigerator doors provide a tight seal.
coils and remove dust from behind the refrigerator.
one aluminum can save enough energy to watch television for three hours.
56. If we
changed an incandescent light bulb for every child in America, it would prevent more than 30 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and save enough
money to light more than 15 million homes for an entire year.
improvements to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy
for the Energy Star label when purchasing lighting products.
off lights when not home and buy a timer to turn them on 1/2 hour before returning
accounts for about 20% of the average home’s electric bill.
average home has about 30 light fixtures.
using new lighting technologies, you can reduce lighting energy use in your
home by 50% to 75%.
your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs). They use 75%
less energy and last 10 times longer.
65. Exterior lighting is one of the best places to use CFLs
because of their long life.
brighter bulbs for reading and work areas; use 25- to 40-watt bulbs where only some
light is needed.
67. Consider using 4-watt minifluorescent or
electro-luminescent night lights.
68. Use dimmers.
off the lights in any room you're not using, or consider installing timers, photo
cells, or sensors to save money.
of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it.
fluorescent under-cabinet lighting for kitchen sinks and countertops.
lamps make it easier to keep lighting low when brighter light is not necessary.
four-foot fluorescent fixtures with reflective backing and electronic ballasts for
your workroom, garage, and laundry areas.
74. You can save about $35 annually if you replace four standard incandescent lamps with CFLs.
recessed down lights or high hats can now be used in retrofits or new
construction with CFLs.
advantage of daylight by using light-colored, loose-weave curtains on your
windows to allow daylight to penetrate the room while preserving privacy.
with lighter colors that reflect daylight.
torchiere fixtures with halogen lamps with compact fluorescent torchieres.
fluorescent torchieres use 60% to 80% less energy. They produce more light and
produce less heat.
outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a motion sensor so they go on only at
night or when someone is present.
combined photocell and motion sensor will increase your energy savings even
off decorative outdoor natural gas lamps; just eight such lamps burning
year round use as much natural gas as it takes to heat an average-size home all
83. Try outdoor solar lighting systems. They convert sunlight into electricity.
you live in a cold climate, buy a lamp with cold-weather ballast, since standard
CFLs may not work well below 40 degrees.
high-intensity discharge (also called HID) or low-pressure sodium lights.
off your computer monitor when not in use for more than 20 minutes.
off your computer when not in use for more than two hours.
your cell phone and blackberry chargers when they're not being used.
laptop uses half the energy of a desktop computer.
90. Use a
power strip/surge protector for your computer, monitor, printer, and other
maximize savings with a laptop, put the AC adapter on a power strip that can be
turned off or that will turn off automatically.
off the switch on the power surge strip when the equipment is not in use.
rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs is more cost
effective than throwaway batteries.
Energy Star computer uses 70% less electricity.
left inactive, Energy Star computers enter a low-power mode and use 15 watts or
in low-power mode saves energy, and helps equipment run cooler and last longer.
savers on monitors do not reduce energy.
to the sleep mode or manually turn monitors off to save energy.
99. Inkjet printers consume less electricity than laser
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