Simple Ways to Cut Energy Use
- Aug 13, 2020 10:59 am GMTAug 11, 2020 7:02 pm GMT
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No doubt that US homes consume a lot of energy. Annually, they require about 11,700 kWh, compared to France with 6,400 kWh, the UK with 4,600 kWh, and China at around 1,300 kWh, according to the US Energy Council. Here are ways that utilities can work with consumers to reduce demand.
Check or upgrade a water heater. Many run too hot, so turn the temperature down to 120F, which is still enough for a warm shower, but can lead to double digit heating cost reductions.
Examine the dishwasher. Nowadays, dishwashers require about 5 gallons of water per cycle, which is half the amount of water and energy that standard dishwashers consumed 20 years ago.
Incandescent bulbs waste money and energy. LEDs use less energy, as much as 85% less energy to produce the same amount of light. Also, the LEDs last 10 to 25 years; incandescents must be replaced every year or two.
Standard shower heads use up to 8 gallons of steaming water per minute. A low-flow shower head works with only 1 to 2 gallons of water per minute.
US residences consume a great deal of energy. But options are available to reduce consumption in a number of household devices.