The Home Energy Saver website is a great place to begin research to improve on your home’s energy consumption. By improving your home’s energy efficiency, you can profit in three ways: save money, improve your life, and help the earth, and making your home safer and more comfortable.
Many people believe that their car is the largest single source of air pollution for which they are personally responsible. But in fact, the average home causes the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide—the principal greenhouse gas—as the average car. This is because most of the energy consumed in our homes is produced by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. This pollution is actually a hidden cost for the energy we use, over and above the dizzying $241 billion Americans spend each year on their home energy bills— that’s about $2,100 per house!
Much of this energy use is unnecessary because there are a variety of proven, widely available products on the market today (heating, cooling, appliances, windows, lighting, etc.) to drastically reduce your home’s energy bills, and accompanying pollution. What’s more, many of these products actually improve the comfort and livability of your home.
The Home Energy Saver web site (HES, http://HomeEnergySaver.lbl.gov ) is an interactive do-it-yourself home energy assessment tool, combined with extensive decision-support content. Its aims are support national initiatives to increase consumer interest in energy efficiency and to foster market activities that capture those opportunities. The site is developed and maintained by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with sponsorship from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and others. HES supports the federal energy mission by helping to build national recognition of the ENERGY STAR brand and other federal programs, and by enabling consumers to quantify the associated energy savings and environmental benefits. The site is also used periodically by students and researchers as a tool for analyzing residential energy performance issues, and for learning from actual homeowners about their experiences with implementing energy-saving upgrades.