Below is a breakdown of the typical home's energy usage. This should be taken into account when considering which energy saving ideas might have the largest impact for your time and money.
Here are some strategies and ideas for reducing the energy expenditures of some of the most significant areas:
Heating and Cooling
-Avoid resistive element electric heaters (ex. space heaters, electric base board, 'heat strip' window units and central heating systems, basically any electric heater that is not based on heat pump technology). Compared to a typical air conditioning system, resistive electric heaters are 2 to 3 times less efficient in their consumption of KW of electric per BTU. There are a few heat pump windows unit models available, and mini split systems are another option if retrofitting a central heating system is impractical.