These phantom loads can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and
using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance. Typically, 11% of the energy
budget goes towards lighting. Look for Energy Star certified bulbs to be sure you will realize the biggest benefits.On average, 43% of your utility bill goes toward heating and cooling a home.
. These phantom
loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen
appliances. Plant deciduous trees on south and west sides of a building to provide shade during the summer,
without blocking sunlight during the winter.
2009/2010 Energy Tax Credit
Certain purchases aimed at improving energy efficiency are eligible for a 30% tax credit up to a total of
$1,500. For example, if your car gets more miles per gallon, the cost of your commute to work becomes cheaper, leading some of us to be more accepting of a longer commute, thereby offsetting some of the potential energy savings. Prices have steadily dropped and although still more expensive than incandescent bulbs, the energy savings alone make them the smart option for any lighting used frequently. The switch on the power switch will cut all power to the appliance. Put practical strategies into action to save energy and money while reducing your emissions contributing to global climate change. During the summer, do the reverse.
Campaign for an Energy-Efficient America is a coalition of more than 75 leading businesses,
industry associations, faith organizations and environmental groups advocating for a national energy
efficiency resource standard (EERS) to help the nation maximize energy efficiency – the fastest, cheapest, cleanest way to meet our growing energy needs. Unplug the appliance or use a power strip for less frequently used products.
Save Money and Resources by Bringing Energy Efficient, Sustainable
Practices into Your Personal Lives
Utilizing the Free Sun
Another easy step to help you control your home energy usage; in cold climates, close curtains, blinds or
shutters during the night, open them during the day.
In the winter close all curtains, blinds and shutters during the night. Safe disposal options are increasing, however it is not wise to simply discard a CFL into a garbage can. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) have received plenty of publicity in recent years. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) use even less energy than Centrifugal swiches of dispart horsepower CFLs and last even longer.
Stop the Leak
Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off.
Beware of the Rebound Effect
Unfortunately human nature often works against us! If you install a CFL bulb in a light fitting, are you subconsciouslymore likely to leave the light on? Lower priced or more efficient energy can actually increaseconsumption. In hot climates, the opposite approach will shield you
from the suns intensity during the daytime.
LEDs are even better! They use less energy than CFLs and last even longer.
Plant deciduous trees on south and west sides of a house/building to provide shade during the summer without blocking sunlight in the winter. Unlike a deduction, which reduces the amount of taxable income, a tax credit directly reduces the
Energy & Money Saving Tips for Individuals
CFLs last longer and emit far less heat than incandescent bulbs.
Energy Tax Credits
The average household spends 11% of its energy bill on lighting. A tax credit can amount to a considerable savings on your tax return. The same principal applies
for your air conditioning condenser outside the home; shade will make your system more efficient. CFLs last considerably longer than regular bulbs and the fact that they also emit far less heat means that they can also reduce energy used for cooling in the summer.
There are rarely perfect solutions to any environmental problem.
You can enhance your surroundings and help your home or office be more energy efficient at the same
Reduce phantom energy suckers. This is known as the rebound-effect. Temperatures in the shade can be 3 to 6 degrees cooler, well
positioned trees can therefore giving your air conditioning system a little help. Think of areas where lighting is left on for a long time; kitchen, family room, hallways,outdoor lights, etc. Most CFLs for example travel many miles from the manufacturing facility in Asia to get to your home and as they contain small amounts of Mercury, their disposal is also an important consideration