There’s plenty of misinformation spread around in the consumer electric industry. And some stuff you don’t even hear about. You tend to hear the same old things over and over again.
These things might (forgive the pun) “shock” you:
1. Lighting’s One of the Easiest Ways to Save Energy
Only about 10% of your home’s electric use goes to lighting unless you really like to do some creative stuff with your lights. But, you can save 75% of your lighting bill instantly by switching from incandescents to CFLs.
Just 10% of the electricity that incandescent bulbs use goes to producing light…the rest is given off in heat. And that increases your energy bills during summer!
2. Landscaping Can Save You Energy Too
You have to be pretty strategic about it, but planting trees around your home can cut your electricity costs by around 5% annually. If you plan to stay in your current home for a while, it’s not a bad idea to consider.
3. Your HVAC Ducts Leak Lots of Air!
In any home, they’re the biggest, or one of the biggest, culprits of energy loss. You can lose around 20% of your energy efficiency through old, leaky ducts. It can happen with new ducts too because not all contractors do quality installations from the start.
4. Keep Your Thermostat Alone by Itself
This is because if you have it near some other electronic devices, like your TV, they give off a little heat. And that raises the temperature artificially. So, that costs you more money and energy.
5. Europe Consumes Less Energy Because it Uses Energy Efficient Products
In the UK for example, the country uses less energy even though its economy is growing. In fact, this number is around 10% less than 6 years ago. And its consumers buy lots of TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablet PCs just like we do. The country has government regulation forcing companies to stop selling the most inefficient products and appliances.
6. How’d Europe Get This to Work?
They made it a win-win situation. This resource shows European businesses will generate an additional $49.2 billion per year going forward, and 800,000 additional jobs. 85% of Europe’s consumers take advantage of the energy label when they buy new products and appliances.
It’s totally possible to save energy going forward… but it takes a team effort from everyone to make it work.