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Home Energy Savings for Residents 101


sarah frye

on 17 February 2014

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Transcript of Home Energy Savings for Residents 101

An organization founded to help build
communities and better economies through conserving the use
of natural resources.
We provide energy and water
saving upgrades
to help residents and businesses save money on their energy bill and reduce their
carbon footprint
Our Approach to EE

Building Systems
– are the systems used to heat, cool, operate and entertain our busy lives. They include lighting, appliances, electronics, water heating, space heating and space cooling.

Improve the Operation of Existing Systems

We understand that you can’t always replace appliances, water heating or HVAC equipment, but you can control things like lighting and plumbing fixtures for example.


To understand energy, one must look at the home as a system because the performance of one component is dependent on its relationship with others.
Over time, we have defined a set of concepts that we believe encompass the residential energy paradigm. These concepts allow you to look at your
home as a system
so that you may better understand how to cut energy costs.

– is the human decisions made about how we interact with our environment and consume energy. Behavior is intertwined in every single system.
At greeNEWit, we’re determined to make
energy efficiency
simple and understandable.

With energy prices continuing to rise, we want to help you maximize your home's efficiency.
energy efficiency
is only a small piece of the entire energy industry.
Only use the washing machine with a full load of laundry, or use the
economy or half load settings

Modern washers and detergents work just as effectively with cold water as they do with hot water, but the
reduced temperature
will use much less energy.

water coming out of the tap that would drain otherwise.

Turn off
lights when you leave the room.

Eliminate “vampire” loads by plugging electronic devices into a
smart strip
and let it
automatically cut power
to the devices for you!

consumes more energy than any other household appliance. Make sure your refrigerator has a few inches of
behind it so air can circulate around the
condenser coils.
Also make sure to keep the condenser coils clean.

The recommended
for the refrigerator is 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer.

Start saving money and energy instantly by installing energy efficient products directly into your home or apartment at no additional cost to you! You'll get items such as CFLs for your personal lamps and smart strips for your electronics!

If you are a renter, you don't always have control over all aspects of these eight areas, so today we will focus on areas that everyone here should have control of.
Let's explore some tips to help you increase energy efficiency. Here are some things you can do around the house to save money and energy.
Get a Quick Home Energy Check-Up (QHEC)
Make the Switch
Don’t wait to make the switch to efficient lighting options! Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL's) use 75% less energy than their incandescent counterparts AND there is already a recycling program for CFL's in your community!

Water Conservation

Conserve water! Easy steps to reduce water include efficient appliance use and installing efficient-flow showerheads and aerators if you don't already have them.
Did you know...
- In the summertime, 40% of unwanted heat that builds up in your home comes through the windows?

- Close window coverings during the day to reduce cooling demands in the summer and reduce the demand for air conditioning.

_ Open your window coverings at night to allow the heat to escape.

Change Your Behavior

It's important to recognize that behavior is a big part of our overall energy consumption. Homeowners and renters can do several things to operate houses in a more efficient manner.
Greywater systems
capture water from sinks, showers, washing machines and so on, They clean the water usually through sand filters and recycle it for purposes like filling the toilet tank or irrigating your backyard garden. So, essentially, the water from the kitchen sink can be captured after you've washed the dishes, cleaned with sand and sent over to water the kitchen herbs that will be part of tomorrow's dinner. It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most from every drop of water you use.
Energy Savings
Case Study

Michael Becker
Ellicott City, MD
Had a QHEC 4/12/2013
Anticipated annual cost savings:
$366.41 in electricity, gas and water.
Anticipated annual energy savings:
2,250 lbs of CO2, 32,120 gallons of water, 1,500 kWh

As mentioned, the
is offered at NO additional cost to your monthly utility bill. For each person that has their home serviced, we will give
back to
your organization

For each person that has their
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® audit
completed, we’ll give
back to
your organization!

For each person that completes a
solar panel installation
, greeNEWit will give you
How can greeNEWit help you?
Q&A Time
Average Energy Consumptions in US Apartment Homes
How YOU can save resources and money...

There are two primary ways that renters can reduce energy consumption:
Installation of energy efficient measures
Behavioral awareness
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