Today’s homes and buildings consume more energy than any other aspect of the nation’s economy, including industry and transportation.
Did you know?
- You can schedule an energy assessment. It’s the best way to determine exactly how energy is used in your home or business. As part of the assessment, your energy expert will show you where your home or business is losing energy, determine the efficiency of the building’s heating and cooling system, and more.
- Bringing in natural sunlight with windows and skylights can result in significant savings on your electric bill, provide a better quality of light, and improve productivity and health.
- Energy-efficient windows decrease the need for artificial lighting during the daytime without creating heating and cooling problems.
- Adding insulation can improve the energy efficiency of your building, especially if it wasn’t originally built as an energy-efficient structure.
- The equipment associated with heating and cooling systems (ducts, thermostats, pipes, and meters) can help you save energy while maintaining comfort. For instance:
- Placing duct work in the conditioned space of a building, such as drop ceilings or room corners, minimizes energy loss.
- Programmable thermostats let you schedule your heating and air conditioning system according to times you determine, storing and repeating a variety of daily settings to match your needs.
- Making energy-efficiency improvements such as insulation, weather-stripping and air sealing will save you money when it’s time to buy a new energy-efficient furnace, since you’ll need a smaller unit.
- A small drip can waste 4-5 gallons of water a day! Leaky faucets should be repaired promptly.
- If you’re renovating, purchase a high efficiency toilet. Otherwise, check your toilet for water leaks and fix them.
- Homeowners can save 2,300 – 7,000 gallons of water a year by installing low flow showerheads in all showers.