Homeowner's Guide to Saving Money, Energy and The Environment
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Ask any homeowner and they’ll tell you that owning a home isn’t easy… or cheap. But, that doesn’t mean you have to spend an outrageous amount of money to own and maintain your home. There are ...

Ask any homeowner and they’ll tell you that owning a home isn’t easy… or cheap. But, that doesn’t mean you have to spend an outrageous amount of money to own and maintain your home. There are many things you can do to cut down your energy usage, which not only helps save you money but also the environment

From using the right appliances in your home to switching to double-pane windows, our guide will show you just how easy it is to save money and cut your overall energy usage at the same time. Source: http://bit.ly/1jLmY7D

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  • 1. HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE To Saving Money, Energy and The Environment Energy Star’s purpose is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants that are caused by the inefficient use of energy and to make it easier for consumers to choose energy-efficient products. Since 1993, more than 4.5billion Energy Star certified products have been purchased OFFICE EQUIPMENT HOME ELECTRONICS HVAC APPLIANCES LIGHTING As of 2012 there are more than Energy Star certified homes. 1.4million Since 1995, when the EPA start labeling new homes, homeowners in the U.S. have saved more than $4 billion on utility bills and reduced GHG emissions by more than 39 billion pounds.$4BILLION 39BILLION POUNDS Using Energy Star certified windows, doors and skylights reduces energy bills by 7 to 15% compared to non-Energy Star products. REFRIGERATORS WASHING MACHINE WINDOWS AND DOORS HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) Potential savings: 7,000 gallons of water per year 400 loads of laundry per year Conventional washers use 40 gallons of water for a full load Energy Star washers use 20 to 25 gallons Replacing a washing machine with an energy-efficient model can save a family $110 per yearon utility bills. New refrigerators use 75% less energy than those built in the late 1970s. Replacing a refrigerator from 1980 with a new model will save a family approximately $100 a year. Refrigerators with freezers on top use 10 to 15% less energy than side-by-side refrigerators. Replacing an old air conditioner with an Energy Star model can reduce energy costs by $14 per year. Federal tax credits for 2013 apply to the purchase of certain Energy Star energy-efficient products. For example: 10 percent of the product’s cost up to $500, or in some cases, a specific amount (restrictions apply) GAS, OIL OR PROPANE WATER HEATER ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER WINDOWS, DOORS AND SKYLIGHTS METAL AND ASPHALT ROOFS INSULATIONCENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING BIOMASS STOVE specific amount of $300 10% of the cost up to $500 The average household: When shopping for energy efficient appliances, look for the Energy Guide label, specifically those with the Energy Star label. better than a typical new home. In 2012, families who lived in Energy Star certified homes saved more than: $527 MILLION on their energy bills. An Energy Star certified home has energy-saving features that perform as much as: WATTS FOR POPULAR APPLIANCES 1200-2400 725 (16 CUBIC FEET, FROST-FREE) 4500 – 5500 (40 GALLON) 750-1100 50 1800-5000 900-1200 A high-efficiency air conditioner can cut energy use by: 20% TO 50% A water heater makes up about: 14% of a home’s energy usage the third highest energy use in the average home. Carbon footprint breakdown, per the EPA in 2009 HOME ENERGY USE 27% 20% PURCHASE 19% TRANSPORTATION 15% SERVICES 14% RECREATION 5% FOOD & DRINK Since energy efficiency standards were developed, consumers have: saved $200 billion $2,000 per household Even without new energy efficiencies, these numbers are expected to double in the next 20 years. Toilets account for up to: 30% of indoor, residential water usage. Toilets made before 1992 use about: 3.5 GALLONS of water per flush. Faucets account for: about 1 trillion gallons of water per year throughout the United States. 15% WaterSense faucets can reduce water usage by: If all households in the U.S. replaced their faucets with WaterSense faucets, consumers would save: $350 MILLION 60 BILLION gallons of water every year This 60 billion gallon water savings could provide public water for a city the size of Miami for 150 days. 1 www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/ES%20bi-fold%20031313%20FINAL%20for%20print%20rev.pdf, p. 2, fig. 2. 2 www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0072-shopping-home-appliances-use-energyguide-label 3 www.energystar.gov/certified-products/how-product-earns-label?c=products.pr_how_earn 4 www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/estimating-appliance-and-home-electronic-energy-use 5 www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=windows_doors.pr_benefits 6 www.fcs.tamu.edu/housing/efficient_housing/equipment_and_appliances/energy_star_appliances.php 7 www.nrdc.org/air/energy/fappl.asp 8 www.energystar.gov/?c=tax_credits.tx_index 9 www.epa.gov/greenhomes/ConserveWater.htm 2x Typical annual savings when replacing: SINGLE-PANE WINDOWS DOUBLE-PANE, CLEAR GLASS WINDOWS $146-$501 $71-$247 59 to 196 gallons of gas 35 to 144 gallons of gas 692-2,825 pounds of CO2 1,147-3,839 pounds of CO2 created by 30% 30% ENERGY STAR SAVING MONEY SAVING ENERGY SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT SOURCES