Folsom Takes Steps Towards Energy Efficiency!
All About Making Your Home Energy Efficient
What is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is a term used to describe products or systems that use less energy to do the same or better job than conventional products or systems.
Why should I care?
What can I do?
Improving your home's energy efficiency will help to lower high energy bills by 10-30%, improve your home's comfort, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Did you know that the average family spends approximately $2,200 annually on their energy bills? The chart below shows the typical breakdown of household energy use by category.
Typical Family Energy Bill Distribution
Source: Typical House memo and Typical house_2009_Reference.xls, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2009. Based on $0.11/kWh electricity and $13.3/mBTU natural gas prices.
Take advantage of the information on this website to learn more about what you can do to improve your home's energy efficiency. Use the buttons at the top of this page to learn about home efficiency improvements, rebates and financing programs, and other useful and informative energy efficiency topics.
Where should I start?
The Energy Pyramid below helps explain the order in which you should prioritize your energy savings.
Actions at the bottom of the pyramid are more cost effective than actions at the top and should be undertaken first.
1 Energy Conservation is the first step you can take towards saving energy. Conservation of energy is largely based on behavioral practices, and therefore no new financial investment is typically required. Simply, change your behavior so that you use less energy. Turn off light switches when no longer in use, unplug unused appliances, take shorter showers, etc.
2 Energy Efficiency improvements is the next step you can take. These improvements typically require a financial investment in products and systems that are designed to use less energy. Examples of efficiency include using compact fluorescent light bulbs (rather than incandescent) and replacing older appliances with high efficienct ENERGY STAR models. In addition, measures such as improved insulation, weatherization, air sealing and comprehensive energy audits also fall under Energy Efficiency.
3 Renewable Energy. Installing renewable energy facilitators in the form of solar panels is the final step. These systems (solar) are much more effective after other energy saving measures have already been taken.