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Energy Savings Start At Home

2013 August 15

By Lina Younes

Just this week I received my home electric bill. When I saw the envelope I cringed because I feared the worst! Why, you may ask? Well, the reality is that this summer has been unusually hot in the greater Washington metropolitan area.  In fact, during the month of July we had a full week of sweltering temperatures hovering around the triple digits!

So imagine my surprise when I opened my electric bill and saw that we had actually consumed less electricity than the same period last year! What had we done differently? We already had Energy Star appliances  throughout our home. We already had Energy Star certified windows, a programmable thermostat, and energy efficient lighting. So, it had to be something else.

After doing a mental review of the situation, I only came up with two actions that must have had a positive impact on our energy efficiency. First we had done a major cleaning of air filters and air ducts throughout the house which obviously improved the overall performance of our air conditioning system. Furthermore, we were using more electric fans in the rooms where we spent the most time. This allowed us to actually increase the temperature of our thermostat while we were at home and still feel comfortable. Bottom line, we saved energy and money without sacrificing personal comfort.

So, simple actions can make a difference and why not start at home?  Have you taken any steps to improve your energy efficiently? We look forward to hearing from you.

About the author:  Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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26 Responses leave one →
  1. Arman.- permalink
    August 15, 2013

    Home Is Unlimited Resources……

    Useful Article! After feel comfortable at home,the brains are open, the hands are working, the families are enjoys, and regrets are ending..!

  2. Nick permalink
    August 15, 2013

    BGE offers a program that cycles your AC and hot water to save energy. You get a credit up front and each month depending on what is being cycled. Its great for people who are not home during the day. Check it out at BGE.com!

  3. Lilliam Narvaez permalink
    August 15, 2013

    I really enjoyed your article on tips to save energy at home.

  4. Lilliam Narvaez permalink
    August 15, 2013

    Living in the island of Puerto Rico, electricity is a luxurious item. I bought from the USA, various solar night light strings. They are beautiful! They charge themselves during the day and give us approximately eight to nine hours of light at night, which keeps our electricity bill down, and our home lighted all night! All the neighbors are on line to do the same. Solar works!

  5. Lina-EPA permalink
    August 15, 2013

    Thanks for the comments. I’ll definitely check BGE.com And Ms. Narvaez–the solar panels must be an ideal green solution in Puerto Rico!
    Saludos,
    Lina-EPA

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    August 16, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    Thanks, Lina, for the energy saving tips! Keep it up!

    Live forever & prosper!

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    August 16, 2013

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  10. Karen permalink
    August 25, 2013

    Thanks for the great article Lina Younes.
    Energy saving need rises from the fact that all our conventional energy resources (oil, gas, coal etc.) are now depleted.
    The future belongs to renewable energy sources which are greener too.
    The leadership of US has already taken constructive steps towards achieving independence from the conventional energy resources.
    To quote “Tom Vilsack”, “Over the past two years, the Obama Administration and USDA have worked to build a foundation for sustainable economic growth in rural America. At the center of our vision is an effort to increase domestic production and use of renewable energy.” Quotation courtesy
    We only hope that we can reach the technical break through as soon as possible.

  11. Lina-EPA permalink*
    August 30, 2013

    Thanks, Karen, for your insight.
    Lina

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    Saving energy at home will provide a dual satisfaction less greenhouse gas in the atmosphere and, sooner or later, more money in your pocket. Save energy, be environmentally responsible, and lower your bills.

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    September 18, 2013

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