decades, more than half of all residential energy use went to heating and
cooling our homes. In recent years we’ve seen that number come down thanks to
more efficient equipment, better insulation, more energy efficient windows and
energy conservation minded customers. Yet, at the same time we’ve seen energy
consumption for heating and cooling decline, energy use for appliances and
electronics continues to rise, increasing the total amount of energy needed to
meet residential electricity demand.
all the devices that we use daily – computers, televisions, microwaves, appliances
and more – it should come as no surprise that each of us is responsible for
increased energy consumption. The United States represents 19% of the world’s
total energy consumption, and each person in the U.S. uses an average of 312
million British Thermal Units (BTU) of energy a year – equivalent to burning
312 million matches, or 850,000 matches every day. The U.S. isn’t alone in increased energy use. World
energy consumption, led by Asia, is estimated to increase by over 50 percent in
the next three decades.
A BTU is
a unit of measurement used to calculate energy consumption, with one BTU
approximately equal to the amount of energy needed to burn one wooden match.
Our energy use is the largest source
of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide
accumulating in the earth’s atmosphere cause the earth to warm up, resulting in
changes in climatic patterns. The
environmental impact resulting from climate change is multi-faceted and
can be seen in rising
seas, temperature extremes, violent storms and more – all of which, in turn,
affect how we produce, deliver and consume energy.
energy supplier, we have a special role to play in efforts to curb these potentially devastating climate
effects. To this end, we have established Energy Savings Programs to help our
customers begin to work with us on this important issue.
we can help address the complex issues related to climate change and the
increasing demand for energy through energy conservation, energy efficiency improvements
and increased use of renewable energy. If we
all play our part, we can ensure that future generations can enjoy clean air,
reliable energy, and a healthy environment.
ENERGY STAR label guarantees a product that meets, and usually exceeds, the
minimum federal standards for efficiency and quality. For example, ENERGY STAR
washing machines use about 20% less energy than standard machines. So next time
you’re shopping for new appliances or electronics, installing a new water
heather or HVAC unit, or thinking of doing some home improvements, look for the
ENERGY STAR label
on certain products and materials – it’s an easy way to save energy and save
incandescent light bulbs are still used in 70% of sockets in the U.S. As of
January 1, 2014 incandescent bulbs will no longer be manufactured. With the average household devoting 6% of its
total energy use to lighting, replacing these traditional bulbs you may still
be using with longer-lasting, energy efficient lighting is a quick way to start
these popular energy efficient light bulbs at your local hardware store:
dimmers, timers, and motion sensors to your lighting fixtures can also go a
long way towards reducing energy usage. And when possible, keep curtains and
blinds open to allow natural daylight to do the lighting work for you.
federal government now requires light blub packaging to include a Lighting
Facts label allowing consumers to more accurately compare bulbs. These black
and white labels, similar to the EnergyGuide labels on appliances, contain
important information such as annual energy cost, lifespan, brightness, energy
usage and light warmth to help you choose the most appropriate and
cost-effective bulb for your home or business.