When you save energy, you save money--and by using a few inexpensive conservation measures, you can reduce your utility bills by as much as 50 percent! Black River Electric Cooperative offers information here that will help lower your home's energy operating costs.
Once you discover where your home is losing energy, you can prepare a plan of attack! This graphic shows where energy is most likely to escape a building and where you can begin your list of improvements.
An easy and affordable way to reduce your energy costs. This page explains R-values and the recommended
R-value for your home.
Heating and cooling uses more energy dollars than any other system in your home.
We can help you reduce that cost and save!
Ideas to help you reduce your water heating costs. Plus, how much does a leaky water faucet cost you?
We'll tell you!
Here are tips to help you save energy dollars and an interesting look at the monthly KWH usage of
common home appliances
Energy saving tips for both summer and winter. We've also included helpful information if you're shopping
for new windows.
Quick tips to reduce your lighting energy both inside and outside your home. We think you'll
find them useful.
Check your home's insulation in the walls, ceilings, attic, floors and crawl spaces to make sure it meets the recommended levels. This is one of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste. Proper insulation will pay for itself by reducing heating and cooling costs.
All insulating materials are not the same. Make sure the insulation you purchase will do the job you want it to. Consider the amount needed and its correct application.
Use "R" values to compare insulation materials. The R-value refers to a material's resistance to heat flow, not thickness. The higher the insulation's R-value, the greater the insulating power.
Recommended R-values in Missouri are:
Proper ventilation provides moisture control and reduces summer cooling bills. Attic vents ensure proper airflow. Do not block vents with insulation, and keep insulation at least three inches away from lighting fixtures or other heat-producing equipment unless it is marked "I.C." If you do add insulation to your home, always follow the product instructions and wear proper protective gear.
There is a simple way to test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, light an incense stick and hold it carefully next to your windows, doors, duct work and electrical boxes. Here are ways to weatherize your home:
Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. It is estimated that 44 percent of your energy bill goes to heating and cooling. There are a variety of systems available to make your home comfortable. Whichever system you select it is essential to have the proper size and design for your home.
There are additional steps that can keep your heating and cooling costs and energy usage lower.
Water heating accounts for about 14 percent of your utility bill making it the third largest energy expense in your home. There are several actions you can take to reduce your bill: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate the water heater or buy a new, more efficient water heater, especially if yours is more than seven years old.
Other tips include:
Appliances use approximately 20 percent of a household's energy consumption. Refrigerators and clothes dryers account for most of the usage. When shopping for appliances, you should consider two costs. The first cost is the purchase price. The second is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. All new appliances have an Energy Guide label attached to them which provides operating costs based on the national average. Use the Energy Guide to compare energy consumption and operating costs.
There are several tips to save energy with your appliances. We've separated them into four categories: refrigerator/freezer, laundry, dishwasher and kitchen below.
Windows play many roles in a home. They add beauty and style to a home, allow sunlight to enter during the day, offer a view of the outdoors and provide ventilation. However, many windows are a source of high energy loss.
If your windows are single-pane glass you should consider replacing them with double-pane windows with high performance glass or storm windows. If you want an energy-efficient home, the glass area should be kept to 15 percent or less than the total wall area and never exceed 20 percent. Here are some window shopping tips.
If replacing your windows aren't in your budget, there are several ways you can conserve energy and improve the performance of your existing windows.
In warm climates:
In cold climates:
One of the fastest ways to decrease your energy bill is to increase your home's lighting efficiency. A quick fix: replace a fourth of your lights in high-use areas with fluorescent. This will save about one-half of your lighting energy bill. Here are additional tips to use for indoor and outdoor lighting.
In cold climates: