Simple Tips for an Energy Efficient Home

December 12, 2015

I just found this cool infographic and I thought I would share it with you. When I was in America I was so surprised to see those huge refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers which here in Europe are usually much smaller.

Did you know that families in the U.S. spend about $2,000 per year on their home’s energy bill? With as much money as Americans spend on air conditioning systems, refrigerators, lighting, and more, few know how they can make their homes more energy-efficient. Do you know what the five most energy-consuming household appliances are? Or, perhaps, how you can save on your lighting and water heating systems, or what tax and utility credits you can qualify for?

energy efficient home

The truth is, optimizing your home’s energy usage can cut bills by as much as 20 to 30 percent. By becoming more energy savvy, you can drastically reduce your home’s energy costs and lessen your environmental impact without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Smaller, less-expensive (but impactful) changes include planting trees around your yard, using insulation, having an energy audit, and more. For more long-term savings, replace old appliances with more energy-efficient ones. While this may cost more money upfront, consider it an investment that can potentially save you hundreds down the road. Even making small adjustments such as closing doors, lowering water heater temperatures, unplugging electronics when not in use, or getting rid of old refrigerators can end up saving you hundreds of dollars per year.  

In the infographic below you can find energy-saving tips — from the simplest to the most drastic — to help you save on your energy bill each month and to help you navigate the best saving techniques that suit your personal household.


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