We talk a lot about energy efficiency. But, what can the average Northeast Ohio homeowner do to be more energy efficient? We all want to reduce our energy bills and get better performance out of our heating and cooling equipment. One critical step to achieving this goal is to reduce electricity use. By taking simple steps to reduce electricity consumption in the home, you can get greater comfort and efficiency for less money. There are many ways you can reduce electricity use in your home and help minimize your energy bills.
There are 4 major areas to focus on when reducing electricity use:
- Appliances and electronics- Did you know that your appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of your energy bills? Shopping for energy efficient appliances and electronics one way to keep this cost under control. Be sure to compare EnergyGuide labels and look for ENERGY STAR products.
The State of Ohio has implemented a mail-in rebate program that will help residents replace older, inefficient appliances with new ENERGY STAR qualified and ultra-efficient models. The program is scheduled to begin on March 26, 2010 and will end when funds are depleted, and the program has been extended. So, consider purchasing a qualified appliance to take advantage of these savings.
- Lighting- Artificial lighting is responsible for almost 15% of a household’s electricity use. Use of new lighting technologies can reduce this energy use by 50–75%. You can reduce lighting energy use by selecting lighting that uses energy more efficiently, such as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and by installing lighting controls. Examples of these are timers and photo sensors.
- Heating and cooling systems- Heating and cooling accounts for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homeowners. When looking for ways to save energy in your home, consider not only improving your existing heating and cooling system, but also think about the energy efficiency of supporting equipment, such as thermostats and dehumidifiers, and the possibility of either adding other sources of heating or cooling or simply replacing your system.
- Electric water heaters- Water heating can account for 14–25% of the energy consumed in your home. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the right water heater for your home and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies.
There are several options in energy-efficient water heaters, and several factors to consider when choosing to replace your current equipment. We can help you make an informed decision if and when the time comes to purchase a new unit.
We’ll talk more about these ways to reduce electricity use in future blog posts. In the meantime, you can start implementing some of these ideas in your home, and begin realizing energy savings. Contact us for more information about products and services that can help you increase the energy-efficiency of your home and HVAC equipment. We can help you achieve greater comfort while keeping your energy bills under control.
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