Improving Energy Efficiency

Patricia Skinner  |  3/1/2007 1:52:46 AM

Improving the energy efficiency of your home is an important and responsible step. Being energy efficient can save you up to one-third on your annual energy bills. Improved energy efficiency also has a positive effect on the environment.

Energy-efficiency improvements can be made to an existing home, even when you're not renovating. You can start by simply replacing old light bulbs with newer compact fluorescent bulbs. When remodeling, you can improve energy efficiency by selecting energy-efficient fixtures and/or Energy Star appliances. Energy Star is a non-regulatory, government-supported program that helps protect the environment while saving money for the individual. Appliances and household products marked by an Energy Star have met strict guidelines created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.

There are also larger energy-efficient measures related to lifestyle choices. These include choices you make for the type of heating and cooling systems used at home and the type of car you drive. Energy-efficient products or buildings are often referred to as “green” products or “green” buildings.

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