I'm guest blogging for Catherine today.
I attended a training yesterday at Lutron's Experience Center in Washington, DC for Commercial Lighting Controls. One of the biggest takeaways for me was that lighting consumes more electricity in commercial buildings than anything else - about 38% a year.*
While it may not be the single biggest energy consumer for homes, Lutron says lighting accounts for almost 20% of the average homeowner's monthly electric bill. The Washington Post, Local Living section, had a great article yesterday "You have the power to save" by Margaret Ely. Kismet.
Ely says: " Kristinn Leonhart, spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, said the average home has about 30 light fixtures, together consuming more electricity than a home’s washer and dryer, refrigerator and dishwasher combined. "
In the article she talks about ways to save energy at home and money on your electricity bill. Most are small changes and pretty easy to implement. Energy efficient bulbs and ceiling fans are both mentioned. I would add dimmers/dimming to the list as well.
I know I'm guilty of leaving unused appliances plugged in. Ely says they "can make up 10-15% of your bill." Unplug! Unplug!
She also gives some resources for more information, including:
"Pepco has tips for year-round savings, including a 12-page “Helpful Ways to Save Money and Energy” document and an online tool for customers to track their usage and learn how to reduce costs. Visit www.pepco.com for more information."
Read the entire article here
Use Lutron's Energy Savings Calculator
Happy Saving and Happy Friday!
~ Patty Jordan, Marketing Manager, Dominion Electric Supply Co.
*Energy Information Administration, 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey, released September 2008.