Energy Efficiency

Everyone wants lower energy costs. Understanding how to increase the energy efficiency of your home and appliances is one way to do that. Take our Cost of Energy Appliance quiz to get started. Discover how well you know what it costs to binge watch your favorite TV show and use other appliances — and then how to save. Learn more about ENERGY STAR and other ways to improve your home energy efficiency.

Lesson Plan: Home Energy Audit

Lesson Plan: Energy Audit

We’ve been focused on energy this summer – thinking about the sources of energy we use and how and why we should save energy. Saving energy  is good for our environment, and it’s good for our wallets.

Lesson Plan: Microgrids and Smart Grids

Lesson Plan: The Electric Grid, Smart Meters & Microgrids!

This lesson will help students understand how electricity is transported and how smart meters and grid upgrades will help utilities and customers understand their energy consumption in an effort to save energy. Students will also be introduced to microgrids as a way for communities to reduce energy consumption collectively and ensure their local electrical infrastructure

Lesson Plan: Heating & Cooling

Lesson Plan: Heating and Cooling

Let’s play a game of hot and cold. You guess the answer and if you’re correct – you’re hot, and if you’re wrong, you’re not!

Lesson Plan: Climate Change and Energy Conservation

Lesson Plan: Climate Change & Energy Conservation

This lesson will help students and families consider their use of energy in all parts of their daily lives and how energy consumption can contribute to a climate conundrum. From powering cars and devices, to providing the “stuff” we use throughout our day, energy consumption is a major contributor to the emissions of carbon dioxide

Lesson Plan: Water Conservation and Water Heating

Lesson Plan: Water Conservation

The amount of water you use in your household can have a big impact on the total amount of energy used by your home. Heating water for showers, baths, laundry and dishes accounts for more than 15 percent of a home’s utility expenses.

How smart home improvements can help sell your house

How Smart Home Upgrades Can Help You Sell Your House

Smart home upgrades can help you sell your house faster and for a higher price. While there are no guarantees, upgrading home technology can increase the perceived value and desirability of your property, making it more marketable.

How to automate your home appliances that use the most energy

How to Automate Your Home Appliances That Use the Most Energy

Lowering your household’s electricity consumption has a positive impact on the environment as well as your monthly energy bill. The tricky part is figuring out what uses the most electricity in your home and controlling it.

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Which Way Should Your Ceiling Fan Turn in the Summer?

When the temperature goes up, often so does air conditioning usage. But the AC can eat up a lot of electricity, which can be expensive.

How to Keep Your House Cool Without Raising Your Energy Bill

Many Americans think of air conditioning during the hottest days of summer as a must. But air conditioners are one of the largest energy users in your house.

How to properly load your dishwasher for energy efficiency

How to Properly Load Your Dishwasher for Energy Efficiency

To get your dishes clean, protect them from damage and save energy, it’s important to learn how to properly load your dishwasher. After all, these appliances are engineered to be used in a specific way.

Lesson Plan: Lighting and Appliances

Lesson Plan: Lighting and Appliances

This week’s lesson focuses on two items within the home that use a good amount of energy and are sometimes easy to control. According to the U.

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