Energy efficiency, sometimes called efficient energy use, is using less energy to provide the same level of performance, comfort, and convenience. For example, an energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses 85% less energy than a conventional incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light. Thus the CFL is much more energy efficient and will use less electricity. In general, efficient energy use is achieved by using more efficient technologies or processes rather than by changing human behavior.
Even if the building you live in is very energy efficient, the way you live inside your home will have a big impact on your energy use and costs. Think about how you use energy and act sensibly to reduce wastage where you can. Even making some simple and easy changes can mean real energy and cost savings without reducing comfort.
Simply put, its a home that uses less energy and is more comfortable and healthier than before. With today's technologies and professional services, just about every home's energy use can be improved in an affordable way.
Any home improvements performed to reduce your overall energy consumption or prevent unwanted energy loss contribute to better home energy efficiency. Related to heating & cooling - this includes weatherization steps such as better insulating or sealing your home, replacing older windows & doors, maintaining sealed heating & cooling ducts and clean filters, and upgrading outdated heating & cooling systems, air conditioners and ventilation fans.
Other changes to improve the energy efficiency of your home include switching to energy efficient ENERGY STAR rated appliances, lighting, and electronics. Also, today there are solar electric, solar hot water, wind turbines, and fuel cell products that can drastically reduce the direct energy consumption of your home and make sense for homes in most areas of the country. The US government, states, and utilities often provide rebates & tax incentives to promote such home improvements to increase you home's energy efficiency.
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