The choices we make about how we use energy—turning machines off when we’re not using them or choosing to buy energy efficient appliances—impact our environment and our lives. There are many things we can do to use less energy and use it more wisely.
For example, a compact fluorescent light bulb that uses less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light is an example of energy efficiency.
Only 10 percent of the energy used by an incandescent bulb produces light; the rest is given off as heat. If you replace 25 percent of your light bulbs with fluorescents, you can save about 50 percent on your lighting bill.
Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance and financial incentives to Vermont households and businesses to help you reduce your energy costs with energy-efficient equipment and lighting and with energy-efficient approaches to construction and renovation.
We work in partnership with Efficiency Vermont to help you lower your energy bills, figure out why your electric bills are high, get rebates for your energy-efficient purchases, and more.
Energy Efficient Ways to Reduce Electricity Consumption
- Energy Audit –First, it is always a good idea to have an electrical contractor run an energy audit of your home. This will show you how much power you consume and effective alternatives to reduce your energy consumption.
- Timers – Timers can be used indoors and outdoors and can be present for convenience and safety as well as power conservation.
- Dimmers – Lighting dimmers allow you to save on electricity by adjusting the intensity of the lights in your home.
- LED – LED bulbs can reduce the amount of energy you use significantly.
- Ceiling Fans – Ceiling fans are a great way to reduce energy costs in your home. During winter, the heated air tends to rise up and the fan helps to circulate this warm air back down and around the room. In the summer, ceiling fans create the much wanted cool breeze.
- Solar – Your home can use solar energy to offset electrical costs.