Think Greater Home Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Is it time to modernize your house? Replacing the old, energy guzzling appliances that account for about 17% of your household's energy consumption, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, and water heaters, can provide significant savings. Upgrading your heating and air conditioning systems can dramatically improve efficiency. And look for EnergyStar certification to ensure you're choosing the most energy efficient products.
|This chart from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how much energy a typical appliance uses per year and its corresponding cost based on national averages.|
Replacing those old drafty windows can tighten up your home too. Energy lost through windows can account for 10-25% of your energy bill. Visit this Energy Savers link to find out about warm and cold weather window tips, how to shop for high-performance windows, and the long-term benefits of investing in double-pane windows.
Get Solar, Geothermal or Micro-Wind
Willing to spend more? Once you have increased your home's energy efficiency you may decide to invest in a home-based renewable energy system. Home energy options such as solar and micro-wind generation offer an alternative to conventional power sources.