Electrical usage makes up a large portion of a home utility bill. For example, any household item that is plugged into an outlet is using energy even if the item is not on. Conducting an energy audit is a great way to create a baseline for home electrical usage. How to Conduct an Energy Audit:
• Record every item that is connected to an electrical outlet
• Record when the item is used or needs electricity
• Evaluate when the item needs to be connected to an outlet
• Unplug items based on the conclusions from step 3
• Shut off any unused surge suppressors and power strips.
When purchasing a large appliance it is very important to make sure that the appliance is energy efficient. Any appliance that has the Energy Star
logo on it meets the specifications of the government supported Energy Star Program. For more information check out http://www.energystar.gov/
Incandescent bulbs are present in many older homes today. These types of bulbs have a low initial cost but are highly inefficient. Incandescent bulbs should be replaced with Compact Fluorescent Light (CFLs) bulbs.
Although the initial cost of a CFL is more than that of an incandescent bulb, the energy required to power the bulb is 75% less.