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What can I do to save money on energy and reduce carbon emissions?

 

On average our home energy use is:

47% Heating and Cooling: $662 per year on heat, $394 on cooling.

 

How to reduce this?

Wear a sweater inside and turn down the thermostat a few degrees.  Most energy goes to heating your home.

Have your furnace cleaned and checked each fall.

Seal your windows and doors: Ebay

Change your air filters every six months:  Ebay

Use fans: Ebay

 

14% Water Heater: $317 per year.

How to reduce this?

Switch to a "instant on" tankless hot water heater: Ebay

12% Lighting: $228 per year.

How to reduce this?

Switch to LEDs: Ebay

11% Washer and Dryer: $143 per year.

 

How to reduce this?

Use a clothes line: Ebay

Wash with cold water.

4% Refrigeration: $95 per year.

 

How to reduce this?

Vacuum behind the fridge every year.

Make sure it's an Energy Star fridge.

Move your stove away from your fridge.

3% Oven: $90 per year.

How to reduce this?

Minimize preheating time.

Don't open the oven door until it's done.

3% TV/Cablebox: $57 per year.

 

How to reduce this?

Unplug it if no one is watching: Ebay

2% Dishwasher: $49 per year.

How to reduce this?

Handwash dishes when possible.

1% Computer: $28 per year. 

 

How to reduce this?

Unplug it if no one is using it: Ebay




 

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