Did you know that, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States, China, and Japan consume most of the world’s energy, and the average monthly utility bill, for a residential U.S. home, amounts to $95.66? Americans consume incredible amounts of energy, and, most importantly, that energy costs a lot of money. How can U.S. households reduce their energy consumption, and shave money off monthly water and electricity bills?
Identify Problem Areas
Americans lose $33 billion dollars of energy to poorly insulated windows and doors, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory research. Cracks and contracting, wooden window frames, however, are not the only culprits. One of the best ways to start saving energy in your home is identify problem areas.
Ask electric company providers, or visit state or local government weatherization and energy offices, to help choose a professional energy auditor. Professionals will scan and assess your home for heat, water, and overall energy loss, and offer suggestions for improvement.
Opt for Energy Efficient Plumbing
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that, just two years ago, Americans consumed over 1,424 billion kilowatts of energy and produced up to 30% of global waste. Small changes can save you money, and reduce your household energy consumption. Americans can, for example, purchase aerators for faucets and shower heads. Aerators are relatively inexpensive, costing only $10 to $20 per unit, and reduce household energy consumption by 25% to 65%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Compare Electricity Providers
Paying too much for energy bills? It may be time to switch electricity companies. Electric utility suppliers typically offer different rates, and sometimes even different payment plans. To switch electricity companies, make sure your region allows deregulated electricity. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and the District of Columbia give homeowners the option of choosing a particular electricity provider. If you are eligible, compare rates online or talk to a customer service representative.
Americans consume most of the world’s energy, and exorbitant energy bills directly reflect this high energy consumption. Reduce your energy bills by identifying problem areas in your home, installing simple and inexpensive aerators, or by switching electricity providers. Helpful info also found here.