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Reducing Household Energy Bills with ENERGY STAR

Did you know? The typical household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills. ENERGY STAR can help you reduce that number by breaking down how much you spend on energy and focusing on ways to reduce the burden on your wallet. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR has helped families and businesses save $360 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 billion metric tons.

Where Does My Money Go?

Bar chat that shows the percentage of each type of expense that makes up the typical annual home energy bill.

This image shows the percentage of each type of expense that makes up the typical annual home energy bill.

(Source: Typical House Memo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Here’s a few easy tips to help reduce your household energy bills:

  1. Heating & Cooling: Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling system with equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115. Save even more by properly sealing and insulating your home with ENERGY STAR.
  2. Water Heating: ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heaters can save a household of four approximately $330 per year on electric bills compared to a standard electric water heater. This amounts to approximately $3,500 in savings over the lifetime of the water heater!
  3. Appliances: By selecting an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, clothes washer, clothes dryer, and dishwasher, you’ll save more than $650 over the products’ lifetimes.
  4. Lighting: A single light bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR can save, on average, between $30 and $75 in electricity costs over its lifetime. Learn more about LED lighting and why it may be right for your home.
  5. Electronics: A home equipped with ENERGY STAR certified TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray player, and home theatre in a box, can save more than $185 over the life of the products. Visit ENERGY STAR’s electronics page to learn more.

By taking these steps you’ll reduce your household energy bills as well as the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

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