Saving Energy

Cecilia, Laurel, Rachel, Valeria

Ways People Waste Energy

People waste energy all over the world by:
  • Using too much energy from lights when there is a lot of natural.
Everyone likes the privacy of curtains, but during the day, they cause you to use unnecessary energy! Keeping the curtains open during the day, rather than turning the lights in your living room, is a really simple way to cut back on your energy consumption.
  • Falling asleep, and leaving the tv on
  • Keeping fully charged Ipads, Iphones, Ipods, etc, in outlets
  • Leaving "vampire energy" products on during the weekend or when not at home.
It is becoming more and more common to leave computers printers, DVD players, etc turned on all the time.These devices draw power all day long, driving up your energy bill.

Ways To Save Energy

Home appliances:

Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for about 20% of Household electricity use. Use a thermometer to set your refrigerator temperature as close to 37 degrees and your freezer as close to 3 degrees as possible. Make sure that its energy saver switch is turned on. Also, check the gaskets around your refrigerator/freezer doors to make sure they are clean and sealed tightly.

Home Heating and Cooling

Clean or replace air filters as recommended. Energy is lost when air conditioners and hot-air furnaces have to work harder to draw air through dirty filters. Cleaning a dirty air conditioner filter can save 5 percent of the energy used. That could save 175 pounds of CO2 per year.

Getting Around:

Whenever possible, walk, bike, car pool, or use mass transit. Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 22 pounds of CO2 emissions. If your car gets 25 miles per gallon, for example, and you reduce your annual driving from 12,000 to 10,000 miles, you'll save 1800 pounds of CO2.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:

If your car has an air conditioner, make sure its coolant is recovered and recycled whenever you have it serviced. In the United States, leakage from auto air conditioners is the largest single source of emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which damage the ozone layer as well as add to global warming. The CFCs from one auto air conditioner can add the equivalent of 4800 pounds of CO2 emissions per year.

Energy Efficient Homes


If you plan to design and build a new home or do an extensive remodel on an existing house, optimizing home energy efficiency requires a whole-house systems approach to ensure that you and your team of building professionals consider all the variables, details, and interactions that affect energy use in your home. In addition to occupant behavior, site conditions, and climate, these include:

Before making upgrades, you may also want to work with an energy auditor to use the Home Energy Score, which provides a rating of your home's current efficiency, as well as a list of improvements and potential savings.


Ultra-efficient homes combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, appliances, and lighting with commercially available renewable energy systems, such as solar water heating and solar electricity. By taking advantage of local climate and site conditions, designers can often also incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and energy-efficient landscaping strategies. The intent is to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible, and then meet the reduced load with on-site renewable energy systems.


If you’re building a new house or adding on to an existing one, consider using advanced house framing(also known as optimum value engineering), which reduces lumber use and waste and improves energy efficiency in a wood-framed house.


Cool roofs use highly reflective materials to reflect more light and absorb less heat from sunlight, which keeps homes cooler during hot weather.


Passive solar home design takes advantage of climatic and site conditions to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.


Solar Panels are one way of saving energy. Solar Panels last about 20-25 years. Though they can be damaged by hail, hurricanes, and such. When they are damaged, it must be replaced. A common question is how much they cost. But when the price is too expensive, they go straight to the cheapest price. This is NOT advised. Cheap solar panels tend to break down and are very sensitive. Now, back to the cost of solar panels. For every watt. it is $4-$6. A typical panel has 100-300 watts. So that is $400-$1,500. Normally, a home has 1,000-10,000 watts. That is $8,000-$100,000. Though most states offer rebates or tax savings that can reduce the total cost up to 50%.

When you want to install, There must be permission. That is unless it is your own home. In apartments, you must ask the apartment manager (Though this will most likely not be permitted). Permission to installing it onto a school must be asked (to) the principal.

A disadvantage to a solar panel is that it needs a large quantity in order to power a home. It also needs consistency of sunlight to power.

If you want to install it into your head me, you can install it onto the rooftop yourself. But if you don't know how to do it, you can just hire somebody to do it.


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