Lighting 101: Brightness
An infographic illuminating the way in which brightness is evaluated in lightbulbs and how LED bulbs are shining the light on higher efficiency.
Saving Energy While on Vacation
This quick video highlights simple steps you can take in order to come home to a lower energy bill.
Energy IQ Quiz
What's Your Energy IQ? Test your home energy knowledge and earn a degree in energy efficient savings!
Haunted Energy Posters
Classic Hollywood horror-inspired posters identify wasted energy monsters haunting your bill with unnecessary costs.
Office Energy Savings
An infographic detailing simple energy-saving measures designed to reduce operating costs and boost your bottom line.
Leveling Peak Demand
Energy efficiency improvements lower your peak demand and this video illustrates a few strategies for leveling your energy use charges and reducing the load on your operating budget.
Saving Energy Room by Room Series
An engaging series of infographics highlighting cost-saving measures designed to lower your household energy costs.1
LEDs use less energy than standard bulbs and provide the high-quality light you need to perform any laundry room task.2 The dryer vent is easy to forget. Remember to check and clean it regularly to ensure safe and efficient airflow.3 Air is free and it's easier on your clothes than tumbling in a dryer. The gentler treatment can help extend the life of some fabrics.4 Take a moment to clean the lint filter before every use. It will improve air circulation and dryer efficiency.5 Wait until you have a full load to run your washer and dryer whenever possible. For partial loads, set time and temperature to minimize energy use.6 The cold temperature setting saves on water heating costs. For fabrics that you typically wash in hot water, consider switching to the warm setting.7 Sort clothing so that they will dry more efficiently. For example, you can use a lower temperature setting for thin synthetic fabrics than for towels.
Thinking of buying a new washer or dryer? Choose ENERGY STAR® rated models. They use less energy and water than standard appliances.
How Do They Do That?
A revealing infographic that depicts the scientific way in which fireflies light up the summer skies.
Busted! 5 Energy Myths Exposed
Dispelling the energy misconceptions that may be costing you on your monthly bill.
Setting the thermostat higher or lower will heat or cool a room faster.
Furnaces and air conditioners work at the same speed, no matter what the thermostat setting. In fact, more energy may be wasted as the system continues to run to reach the further set point.
Leaving lights on uses less energy than turning them on and off.
In most cases, the small surge of power needed to turn a light on is much less than the power that is wasted by leaving it on when it's not needed.
Closing off vents will reduce heating and cooling costs.
Closing vents is not a good way to save on energy costs. Heating and cooling systems are designed to distribute air evenly; closing vents throws the system off balance. This causes pressure to build up, resulting in duct leaks that waste energy.
Leaving a ceiling fan on will cool a room.
Ceiling fans circulate air, making your skin feel cooler. This allows you to save energy by raising the thermostat. However, they don't cool the air. Leaving them on in empty rooms wastes energy.
Hand washing dishes is cheaper than using a dishwasher.
It's widely believed that dishwashers are convenient, but use more water and energy than hand washing. In fact, washing a typical load of dishes in a dishwasher uses 37 percent less water. Also, using a dishwasher, rather than hand washing, can cut your annual energy costs by more than $40, according to ENERGY STAR.
Separating myth from reality can have a positive impact on your utility bills.
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