Retrofitting your home

  • Use 18-watt compact fluorescent lights (CFL) instead of conventional incandescent light bulbs.
    • Incandescent light bulbs emit 90% of their energy as heat. A CFL bulb will save you $88 a year if it is lit for six hours per day.
    • Compact fluorescent lights typically use about 75% less energy than do incandescent bulbs to emit the same amount of light (measured in lumens and not wattage).
    • A compact fluorescent light lasts 5 to 10 times longer than the average incandescent bulb.
    • Compact fluorescent lights are safer because they do not get as hot as incandescent light bulbs.
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR appliances.
    • ENERGY STAR refrigerators can save $120 per year compared to pre-1993 refrigerators.
    • Front-loading clothes washer will save 40 cents per load compared to top loading models.
      • ENERGY STAR models are 37% more-energy efficiency than standard models.
    • ENERGY STAR dishwashers are 25% more energy efficient than standard models.
    • ENERGY STAR air conditioning units are at least 10% more efficient than conventional options.
    • ENERGY STAR LCD monitors for a computer can save $20 per year over the life of a traditional computer monitor.
    • ENERGY STAR televisions can save an average of $300 per year.
  • Switch to low-flow showerheads.
    • Low-flow heads can save up to 50% on water consumption and heating.1
  • Install air conditioners away from heat sources to prevent excessive operation and try to avoid direct sunlight on the unit.
  • Place a refrigerator away from any heat source, such as an oven or a window with a lot of sunlight. Make sure there are several inches of space on all sides of the unit.
  • Install programmable thermostats or sensory outdoor lights to reduce energy waste.
  • Caulk windows, doors, pipes and ductwork to prevent leaks.
    • Properly sealing the shell of a home can save approximately $300 per year.
  • Use weather stripping around windows, doors and pipes.