At Home Facts

A TV with a remote could use more energy during the 20 hours it is turned off than it does while you watch it for four hours. Con Edison

About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is used to heat the water. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

An old refrigerator or freezer in the basement that’s just cooling a few cases of soda may be costing you as much as $100 each year. U.S. Green Building Council

Appliances account for about 20% of a typical household’s energy use, with refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers at the top of the list. Department of Energy

Approximately 75% of installed cooling equipment may have incorrect amount of refrigerant, which can lower efficiency by 5-20% and reduce the equipment's lifespan. Con Edison

As a nation, we spend about 25% of our electricity on lighting, at a cost of more than $37 billion annually. Con Edison

By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures in your home with ENERGY STAR-qualified models you can save $70 each year in energy costs. Energy Star

Choosing salvaged, secondhand or antique items is often a smarter use of natural resources than buying new products. US Green Building Council

Energy consumption for home air conditioning accounts for almost 5% of all the electricity produced in the U.S. and produces about 140 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

For each degree you are able to raise the thermostat, you will save 3–5% on air conditioning costs. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

If 1% of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity—enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for one month. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Improving the ventilation in your attic can lower the temperature of the entire house. Con Edison

In most homes, you can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat for at least 8 hours each day. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Incandescent lights are the most popular type of bulb in the U.S., but they are a very inefficient technology. Only 10% of the electricity they use actually is converted into useable light -- the rest is wasted as heat. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

New and improved high-efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gallons per flush—that's at least 60% less than their older, less efficient counterparts. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Plants like bamboo that can be harvested and grown again within a short time ease demand for slower-growing trees and nonrenewable resources like petroleum. Look for bamboo alternatives for floors, cabinets, built-ins and furniture. US Green Building Council

Reducing your heating energy use is the single most effective way to save money and reduce your home’s contribution to global warming and other environmental problems. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

Sealing and insulating ducts that move air to and from a forced-air furnace or heat pump can improve the system’s efficiency by as much as 20%. Alliance to Save Energy

The average household uses 11% of its energy budget for lighting. Using new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are off or in standby mode. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The International Energy Agency estimates that the power consumed by appliances in standby mode is responsible for 1% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. Con Edison

Using premium materials that are more durable and construction practices that often exceed building code requirements will enhance your home's performance and reduce maintenance and replacement costs, thereby raising its overall value. Build It Green

Water heating can account for between 14-25% of a home's energy consumption. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

You can save 10% or more on your energy bill by stopping the air leaks in your home. Department of Energy