About 20% of a typical energy bill is spent on powering appliances and electronics. The easiest way to make sure you are not unnecessarily overpaying is by having a home energy audit. The auditor will tell you the energy efficiency of your home, and may install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), programmable thermostats, and low-flow shower heads for free.
An electrical inventory is when a homeowner takes stock of all electrical appliances and gadgets that need to be plugged in. By going through each room of your home and identifying the multitude of electrical appliances and devices, it becomes clear just how much energy is being consumed in every nook and cranny of our lives.
Did you know that lighting consumes about 10% of a home’s electricity use? Switching to energy-efficient lighting such as CFLs and LEDs can reduce your cost by 50%-75%!
Old appliances are less energy-efficient than new models. But how do you know if your appliance is too old or if repairs are not worthwhile? Follow these tips to replacing old appliances.
When purchasing appliances, look for the Energy Star label. It’s a government-backed program that helps consumers identify energy-efficient technologies that use 10%-50% less energy than conventional appliances.
Rebates and Incentives
Consumers purchasing Energy Star appliances may be eligible to receive rebates. Check to see if you qualify for these incentives in your local area!