Use energy-efficient home appliances
Look for the ENERGY STAR symbol when shopping for appliances. Appliances with ENERGY STAR labels use less energy compared to models without this energy-efficient rating. Take a look at the EnergyGuide label to review the appliance's estimated energy consumption compared to similar models and the estimated annual operating costs. For more information about the government's ENERGY STAR program, visit www.energystar.gov.
Manage your energy usage
Install a programmable thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and to manage usage during the winter and summer months.
Use motion lights
Install motion-detection lights for outdoor use to eliminate the need for leaving the lights on throughout night.
Practice daylighting
Use windows and skylights to bring natural light into your home and help reduce the need for artificial light.
Manage usage with power strips
Stand-by and sleep modes waste power. Use power strips to completely disconnect power to your home office equipment and other electronics when they aren't in use.
Improve your home's ventilation
It's important to maintain proper ventilation throughout your home. You can maintain an energy-efficient and healthy environment within your home by following these ventilation tips.
Insulate and seal your home
Check out www.energystar.gov/homesealing for insulation and air sealing tips from the government, including a Do-It-Yourself Guide. Proper insulation will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Shop smart when purchasing electronics
Look for the ENERGY STAR label on consumer electronic products when you shop. Doing this will help you buy an energy-efficient product with the quality and performance you want.
Install energy-efficient windows but shop carefully
Windows have a very long payback in terms of energy savings. Insulation and air sealing are typically much better investments. If buying windows, look for the right type of window for our climate to get the most energy savings and pocket book savings. Keep in mind that the lower the U-factor the better the insulation, which is great for cold climates. Low solar heat gain coefficients (SHGCs) reduce heat gain; look for low SHGC ratings for warmer climates. In areas with heating and cooling seasons, look for low U-factors and low SHGC ratings.
Switch to a laptop computer
The next time you buy a new computer, consider going with a laptop. In general, laptops usually consume much less energy compared to desktop computers.
Install lighting control
Conserve energy and live a greener lifestyle by installing dimmers or an automated lighting control system in your home.
Protect your water pipes
Insulate your water pipes and reduce energy loss; proper insulation will protect your pipes from freezing in the cold months and from sweating and causing potential mold growth in the warm months.
Insulate your attic and air seal common leaks between the attic and the house
Your attic can be a large source of drafts and leaks, and it requires proper insulation to keep your home environment comfortable and energy-efficient.
Install an energy-efficient ceiling fan for year-round use
Reduce energy usage and circulate warm air or a cool breeze as needed using the appropriate settings on an energy-efficient ceiling fan. Remember to turn off the ceiling fan in an unoccupied room.
Replace aging appliances
Do you have older, energy consuming appliances in your home? If so, consider investing in ENERGY STAR rated appliances. Energy-efficient appliances are a good investment in the long run, reducing your energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Focus light where you need it
Install track lighting above desks or work areas and use smaller task lights where they are needed, which will allow you to turn off whole room ceiling lights and reduce energy consumption.
Is it time to replace your aging furnace or boiler?
Hire a qualified contractor to evaluate your current system and ask them to recommend some cost-saving solutions or tap into their expertise to help you choose a new energy-efficient system that is right for your home.
Facts
  • Every person has a unique carbon footprint. One's carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide produced in their day-to-day lives, by their daily activities.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified heat pump water heaters are revolutionizing the way we heat water. New models due out later in 2009 will utilize super-efficient technology to cut electric water heating costs by more than half!†
  • Carbon neutral refers to a net zero carbon footprint; this is achieved by balancing the amount of carbon emissions released with the use of renewable energy.
  • If humans continue to emit greenhouse gases at or above the current pace, we will probably see an average global temperature increase of 3 to 7°F (2 to 4°C) by 2100, and greater warming after that.†
  • Multi-family dwellings such as apartments use about equal amounts of natural gas and electricity for heating.‡
Facts sourced from [*] the U.S. Department of Energy (EERE); [<86>] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including ENERGY STAR; and [<87>] the Environmental Information Administration (EIA).
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