Improve Your Home Energy Use

The production of energy for homes is one of the biggest sources of pollution due to the fossil fuels that power plants burn. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, homes used approximately 1.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2016. Most of this energy is used for lighting, laundry, refrigeration, and heating and cooling. Residents can reduce the amount of energy they use by practicing energy conservation and efficiency techniques around the home. Some examples include using programmable thermostats to regulate the temperature of the house, turning off lights when a room is not occupied, unplugging home electronics when they're not in use, taking shorter showers, and wearing warm clothes during the winter. Parents should also ensure that their children understand the need for energy efficiency and that they are routinely conserving energy. Home improvement projects can further reduce a home's energy footprint. Examples include adding or improving insulation in the attic and installing energy-efficient doors and windows.