- Retrofit Your Home
- Home Efficiency Improvements
Lighting, Appliances & Home Electronics
Your lighting, appliances and home electronic devices can account for nearly half your utility bill.
In the average U.S. home, lighting accounts for about 20% of the electric bill. The easiest way to start saving energy is to change out the light bulbs in your current fixtures. A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) should save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.
Energy-efficient appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10% to 50% less energy and water than standard models. These appliances may include clothes washers and dryers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, and room air conditioners and air cleaners.
U.S. households typically spend $100 per year to power devices while they are in this "standby" power mode to power features like clock displays and remote controls. Specified products use less energy to perform these functions, while providing the same performance and features as conventional models.