Most Americans believe solar and wind energy sources are best in terms of savings and environmental impact. While this can be true for some, there are other, smaller energy efficient initiatives that can also make a difference.
Since 1990, U.S. Department of Energy changes have cut energy use through a range of appliances. These cuts include:
- 70 percent by installing new washing machines
- 40 percent by installing new dishwashers
- About 50 percent with new air conditioners
- 10 percent by installing better furnace units
Although these cuts have been made, there has been a slight drop in the amount of Americans ready and willing to make these kinds of changes.
"Even though understanding of energy sources remains at historical levels, in the last few years fewer consumers are taking steps to reduce energy consumption in their homes," says Carol M. Gstalder, Reputation & Public Relations Practice Leader for Harris Poll. "As energy prices drop, so do consumers' commitment to energy-saving decisions from replacing light bulbs and water heaters to installing solar."
By continuing to make energy efficient changes, families can save up to 25 percent of their monthly bill costs. The key to securing these changes is the method through which they are achieved. By taking a whole-house approach, such as looking room to room for overall changes, more savings can be incurred.
By taking small steps like installing a programmable thermostat, air drying clothes and checking windows and doors for leaks, energy efficiency can be better maintained.