Conserve Energy At Home

Category: How-To Published: Saturday, 18 November 2017 Written by Super User

Efficiency

LED Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs typically consume at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting. They are widely available at stores that sell regular incandescent light bulbs.

Find efficient lighting information at www.energy.gov.

Energy Efficient Appliances
Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying appliances. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2006 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 25 million cars — all while saving $14 billion on their utility bills.

For more information check out www.energystar.gov.

Heat

Insulating Your Water Heater
Insulating your storage water heater tank is fairly simple and inexpensive, and it will pay for itself in about a year. You can find pre-cut jackets or blankets available from around $10–$20. Not sure if you need one? Feel your water heater - a tank that''s warm to the touch needs additional insulation.

Some instruction and precautions are needed for this project. For more detailed information, please go to www.eere.energy.gov.

Installing a Solar Water Heater
Solar water heaters use sunshine (something we have plenty of in the Tricities!) to generate hot water for your home.  Information on how solar water heaters work, different types, and how to choose/install a system at www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/solar-water-heaters

Adjusting Your Thermostat
You can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat.

Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.

Ideas:

  • When you''ll be out for an evening, turn down the thermostats. If you''ll be away for a weekend or more, lower the thermostats to 55 F. You''ll save on heating without risking a freeze-up of your water pipes.
  • Put on a sweater. Turn your thermostat down when you are leaving the house for more than one hour, or get a programmable one that you can set to increase the heat a half hour before you return home.

Gas

Reducing Use of Gas Powered Equipment
The emissions from many gas mowers and other gas-powered tools are full of greenhouse gases. Some older or poorly running mowers create more pollution than a car! Idea: Try a reel lawn mower.

Green Energy

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide to a green home
Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, in the market for a new home, or making home improvements, this Web site identifies the key environmental and energy issues at hand, and suggests solutions that will add value to your home, reduce energy use and energy costs, fight climate change, and help protect your health: www.epa.gov/greenhomes

Living Zero Home Audit and Energy Checklist
Resources to make a whole-house energy plan, and information on alternative ways to power your home.www.livingzero.org

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

Federal Weatherization Assistance Program for Low Income Families

Energy Mortgages: Credits a home''s energy efficiency in the home loan

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Environmental Energy Technologies Division energy-efficiency publications & other information sources - energy-efficiency publications & other information sources.

Northwest Solar Center WSU/SCC - Information on solar energy in Washington State.  Contact: Phil Lou, Washington State University, The Northwest Solar Center, PO Box 43165, 925 Plum St SE Bldg #4, Olympia, WA98504-3165, 206-629-8017

Geothermal Exchange Organization

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