Thursday, June 23, 2005
Replace regular (incandescent) light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
They use 3 to 4 times less energy, and last 8 to 10 times longer.
Install motion sensors or photocells on outdoor lights.
Heating & cooling
Make sure your home is well insulated.
Ceiling insulation is most important for year round comfort and savings.
Also consider adding floor or wall insulation.
Make sure that heating and cooling ducts are sealed and insulated.
Buy high efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Select high performance windows designed to keep in heat during winter
and keep out heat in summer.
Plant shade trees to keep your home cool in the summer.
Stop leaks around doors and windows with weatherstripping and caulking.
Buy energy-efficient appliances.
Look for the Energy Star label.
Reduce hot water use by installing low-flow showerheads and faucets.
Lower your water heater's thermostat to 120ºF.
For more about energy efficiency
An informative site by the US EPA about how clean our local energy sources are in relation to the nation as a whole. For instance, it will tell you that 9% of our energy comes from renewable energy sources and 12% comes from coal (compared to 2% and 52% nationwide).
Information on energy efficiency and the quantities of nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide your energy usage produces.
Information on products that carry the Energy Star label.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Booklets on efficient appliances, lighting and more.
Alliance to Save Energy.
Tips on saving money and energy.
Home Energy Saver. Do it yourself energy audit.
US Department of Energy offers a range of information on Energy Efficiency including:
Building Technologies for Energy Efficiency
Building Energy Efficiency Basics
Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home
for Energy Efficient Residential Properties and GREEN BUILDERS in the Greater Asheville area
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