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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average monthly electricity consumption for a U.S residential home consumer averages 867 kWh, projecting the total annual consumption at about 10,404 kWh. For a typical home in Texas, electricity usage averages 1,176 kWh per month, projecting its annual average at about 14,112 kWh, which makes it 36% higher than the national average. If you are tired of paying for an overloaded energy bill, there are a few steps down below to help improve your energy bill cost.

Choice of Lighting

With information from Energy.gov, usually about 5% of the energy bill is dedicated to lighting. The quickest way to cut your energy bill is to replace your light bulbs with models that are more energy efficient. In fact, traditional incandescent bulbs use a large amount of energy to produce light, but 90% of the energy is given off as heat which is a waste of energy. Some of the most popular energy efficient lighting available are light-emitting diodes, compact fluorescent lamps, and halogen incandescents. Although this lighting is more efficient, try to preserve your energy consumption even further by letting natural light into your home.

Appliances and Electronics

Approximately 25% of the energy bill is accounted for by your appliances and electronics according to Direct Energy. Major appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and ovens consume a large amount of energy throughout the day. However, turning off some of these appliances is not an option due to their constant use of power, so limiting their operation can be impactful. Investing in an advanced power strip can prevent vampire loads, (electricity that is wasted when electronics are not used) resulting in saving you a great deal of money.

Energy Consumption Monitors

Energy monitors are a great way to gain more insight on energy consumption throughout your home. The monitors attach to your electricity meter to show how much energy your home is using. The amount of energy used and electricity bill charges will show you how much you are benefiting by using the monitor to track unnecessary consumption. Having an overall awareness of what is on prompts you to make some energy efficient changes and have you think again about the high energy appliances.

Let's make Texas more energy efficient and cut your energy bill. If you want to learn more on how to make your home energy efficient, dial (210) 899-2430 to speak with one of our team members.