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.

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik4 years ago

Thanks for information :)

Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Every little bit helps. Thanks for sharing.

Jeannie Fuchs
Jeannie Fuchs5 years ago

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

Vita Pagh
Vita P5 years ago

Thank you for info.

JL A5 years ago

good tips

Tanya W.
Tanya W5 years ago


Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

It all starts from our daily life

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago


Mark Tarrant
Past Member 6 years ago

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.

Vicky Barman
Past Member 6 years ago