The Energy Information Administration estimates that household energy use is responsible for about one-fifth of the total energy consumed in the United States each year. The average U.S. family spends almost $1,500 a year on utility bills, and unfortunately much of this energy is not put to use. Heat can escape from your home through drafty windows, doors, attics, and walls. Improving your home's energy efficiency doesn't just save money; better insulation, for example, reduces uncomfortable drafts, and double-pane windows make for a quieter home.
Whether you own your home or rent, the tips on these pages will help you improve your home's energy efficiency, save money, and make your house a better home. Renters, take note of the green Renter Friendly icon denoting a tip that you can take advantage of!
Energy consumption for home air conditioning accounts for almost 5% of all the electricity produced in the U.S. and costs homeowners over $11 billion annually, emitting roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide. Read More