Home is where the heart is; it’s also where home energy savings start. We’ve got home energy savings tips on everything from attic insulation and discovering air leaks to how to best run your appliances. Check out our 31 Days of Energy Savings guide to get started. Follow our appliance energy efficiency comparison series, including posts on gas vs. electric dryers and microwaves vs. toaster ovens vs. ovens.
The time to weatherize your home for winter is before the winds start to blow and the thermometer drops. But even if you’re late to the game, there are still home weatherization steps you can take to help lower your energy costs and while making your home warmer.
The average household spends $400-$600 annually heating its water, according to Energy.gov.
Water heater energy usage Most of us turn on the faucet and don’t pay much attention to how the hot water arrives — until, of course, it doesn’t. We take the mighty hot water heater in our homes for granted.
Understanding attic insulation types and energy savings You might be very aware of your energy expenses in the living areas of your home, but it’s important to pay attention to the attic, too, or all your hard work could, literally, blow out the roof. The Department of Energy estimates that you could shave 10 to
Most of us just flip a switch and that’s that. We don’t give much thought to the energy use of appliances.
Let’s face it. A lot of us like to talk the talk when it comes to saving energy, but a lot of us also probably have at least one less-than-perfect energy habit that wastes energy and likely costs us some additional money in energy costs.
When it comes to thermostat temperature settings, people fall into one of two overarching categories: those who set the thermostat at one temperature and leave it there and those who don’t. From there, each side usually has a number of often logical and/or emotional reasons why theirs is the ideal thermostat temperature.
You can tell which of your neighbors are into lighting savings and which aren’t just by driving past their home or apartment. If the lights are blazing in every room, you know that concerns about the energy used by a light left on is probably not one of their top worries.
Some people see showers as a utilitarian invention: It’s an easy way to remove the dirt of the day without the hassle of filling a bathtub. For others, the shower washes off far more than grime: it can be a happy, private space, where some people escape reality and wash away the day’s annoyances, whether
You can own the most energy-efficient air conditioner in the world, but if you don’t follow proper air conditioner cleaning and maintenance standards, it won’t operate optimally. An inefficient air conditioner can use more energy than it should, and that means that it will cost you more money.
Lighting your home might seem like a no-brainer, but there’s actually more to it than meets the eye. Creative, energy-efficient lighting does more than just look nice; it also can maximize the functionality of your living space and save on energy costs.