CONSUMER AFFAIRS: A whole-house approach to energy savings

2013-12-20T15:02:00Z 2013-12-20T19:01:05Z CONSUMER AFFAIRS: A whole-house approach to energy savingsJoseph Pellicciotti Times Business Columnist nwitimes.com
December 20, 2013 3:02 pm  • 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical American family spends about $2,000 annually on the cost of home utility bills.

\The agency states these bills could be lowered up to 25 percent by following certain long-term energy savings tips.

The tips are presented in the DOE’s guide, “Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home.”

The guide is available for free at http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/energy_savers.pdf.

The agency urges a “whole house” approach to get the most energy savings.

Consumers should consider the home as an energy system, with independent parts.

For example, the agency points out a new, energy-efficient furnace will still waste a lot of fuel if the ducts, walls, attic, windows, and doors are leaky or poorly insulated. The whole-house approach saves the most energy, and therefore ensures dollars you invest to save energy are spent wisely.

A consumer seriously interested in investing to save energy dollars can benefit from a review of the 40-page guide.

Tips can be found in the guide for dealing with home air leaks, insulation choices, heating and cooling systems (including the use of appropriate landscaping to achieve energy savings), window choices, home lighting issues (including tips for both indoor and outdoor lighting selection), energy-efficient appliance purchases, and the selection of energy-efficient home office products/electronics.

Renewable energy options are also discussed.

Opinions are solely the writer's. Pellicciotti is an Indiana University Northwest faculty member and administrator. The article is for informational purposes only and not intended as specific advice. Consult your professional adviser before taking action. Author does not endorse/guarantee content within websites.

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