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Home Energy Facts: Start Saving!

Home Energy Facts: Start Saving!

Conserving energy in our homes is a worthy goal for many reasons, including decreased environmental impact and more manageable utility bills. Here are a few quick energy facts and some resources to help you start saving—in more ways than one.

1. Tree power

Properly placed shade trees cut your electricity use by as much as 40 percent in summer.

2. Phantom power

In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. That’s because just having things plugged in uses energy.

3. Light power

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), which cost just a few dollars, use 75 percent less energy and last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

4. Program power

A programmable thermostat could save you as much as 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.

5. Fan power

Use fans for cooling because for every degree you raise your thermostat in hot weather you reduce your cooling costs between 7 and 10 percent.

Check out these resources to learn much more about creating an energy-efficient home:

What are your best tips for saving energy? Please share them in the comments section.

Related: 3 Solar Energy Options for Your Home, 12 Laundry Tips for Maximum Energy Savings and Save Energy in the Kitchen: 10 Cooking Tips

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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12:46AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

Thanks for information :)

8:41AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Every little bit helps. Thanks for sharing.

2:26PM PDT on May 10, 2013

Boy these things do make a differance we have done several of them but unplugging stuff is the best when not in use unplug!!

11:48AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Thank you for info.

9:33AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

good tips

9:57AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thanks.

5:11AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

It all starts from our daily life

6:25PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks

3:14AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Heating you cant beat an open fire and burning wood otherwise rotting on the ground or put in a landfill, much nicer than a radiator.

6:23AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

thnkx.

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