Editorial: Heating and Cooling No Longer Majority of U.S. Home Energy Use
Since 2010, residential electricity consumption has been almost constant, but were technical efficiency improvements or the recession the principal cause?
Chances are, buying a new furnace or water heater is not going to have much effect on the aesthetic character of your house. Changing your lighting, on the other hand, can have a tremendous impact--not just on aesthetics--but also on productivity and comfort. [continue reading]
Several new types of electricity-saving devices are becoming common. These gadgets rely on electronics to operate an appliance more efficiently. [continue reading]
Curious changes are occurring in branches of the federal government that deal with home energy use. Funding to save energy in homes is increasing while budgets for more glamorous items like space stations are being cut. This is happening, despite a struggle in Congress over funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [continue reading]
One of the feature articles in this issue describes the air conditioning savings that can be obtained by simply changing the color of a home's roof (see "Saving Energy with Reflective Roof Coatings," p.15). To be sure, the savings from this measure appear to be greatest in Florida and other southern states, but the results shouldn't be ignored elsewhere. [continue reading]
There is a special group of conservation measures called "fuel switching." In most cases, these measures involve removing an electric appliance and replacing it with a natural gas counterpart. [continue reading]
Many people know that there are ways to save on your utility services, however there are plenty of people who ...
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