Energy and water costs are commonly the largest single housing expense after food and shelter for many families, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, spending about $1,300 on average each year for utility bills.
Lighting can impact both aesthetics and usability of your home. Outdoor lighting increases safety. In existing homes, you can cut your lighting bill by installing energy-efficient lights, fixtures, and controls. In addition, daylighting can be designed into new homes to make the most use of natural light.
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What can you do to reduce costs, save energy, and help protect the environment? More than you think. Check out the sources below for some great tips and information about what you can do.
Reducing Energy Bills
There are a number of controllable factors that contribute to higher energy bills:
- Size of your home
- Efficiency of major appliances (e.g. refrigerator, hot water heater, air conditioner)
- Whether your home is sealed and insulated properly
- Number and kinds of lights
- Thermostat settings
- Number of loads of laundry
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