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Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Knowing how we use energy in the home is the first step toward becoming more energy efficient consumers. Energy efficiency is important because greater efficiency means a reduction in the amount of energy consumed, a reduction in energy expenses, and a reduction in the emission of pollutants.

Heating and cooling account for most of the energy consumed in your home by far. Water heating, refrigeration, and other home appliances are big energy consumers as well. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides some useful and practical information on conservation and energy efficiency that you may find helpful. You’ll find some of the DOE information below, and we’ve added a few tips as well.

How air moves in and out of your home effects the amount of energy consumed for heating and cooling. Air moves through every opening: plumbing penetrations, windows, doors, fans, vents, ducts, floors, walls, ceilings, fireplaces, and electrical outlets. These are all potential sources of air transfer.

Your water heating bills can be reduced by using less hot water, turning down the thermostat, and insulating the water heating unit. You may also want to consider buying a more energy efficient water heater. For example, a tankless gas water heater is the most efficient way to heat water. It only heats water when you need it. And, It operates cleanly; meeting or exceeding the latest federal standards for NOx emissions.