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Residential buildings account for about 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions


How Residential Energy Use Breaks Down

  • Lighting 11%
  • Other electronic uses 13%
  • Clothes dryers 8%
  • Water heating 13%
  • Space cooling and heating 37%
  • Cooking and refrigeration 8%
  • Other energy uses 13%
  • Learn more about  residential energy use
  • View Energy Literacy videos to teach you all about energy, from the science behind it to the day to day uses

What Can You Do?

  • Replace light bulbs with CFL bulbs: CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs can last up to 15 times longer and use up to 8o% less energy than regular light bulbs
  • Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs (light-emitting diodes): They last 35-50 times longer, use at least 75% less energy than incandescents, are more durable, and versatile – they can project light where it is needed and need no time to warm up before turning on. LED’s are now offered with dimming settings and in different colors. The cost has decreased to approximately $35.95 (for a 60 watt equivalent LED bulb) on average.
  • Unplug your phone charger: When you’re not using it. According to the US Department of Energy, appliances consume a significant amount of electricity even when they are switched off. Ever notice how your phone charger can get hot with no phone on it?
  • Wash clothes with cold water: About 90% of the energy used when doing laundry goes towards heating the water. Washing your clothes with cold water not only helps the environment, it could also save you some cash!
  • Eat in-season produce: Out of season produce increases the costs of refrigeration significantly. Not surprisingly it also comes with a hefty fuel related price tag in order to transport it from a location where it is in-season.