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#1 jasonl

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Posted Feb 25 2012 08:40 AM

Just want to start this question. It would be nice that it can be broken down.

#2 Amy

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Posted Feb 27 2012 09:36 PM

Based on recent research and study, these are the breakdown of energy consumed in a home:

Space heating 41%
water heating 20%
Lighting and appliance 26%
Air conditioning 8%
Refrigeration 2%
Others 3%

Space and water heating consume the most energy as you can see. It would be money wise to always make sure that you have the best insulation for your attics, walls and ceilings, and your water heater tank.

#3 jasonl

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Posted Feb 27 2012 09:44 PM

So what's the most effective way to reduce energy consumption? I tried to unplug everything not in use, program the thermostat so AC runs less...

Based on recent research and study, these are the breakdown of energy consumed in a home:

Space heating 41%
water heating 20%
Lighting and appliance 26%
Air conditioning 8%
Refrigeration 2%
Others 3%

Space and water heating consume the most energy as you can see. It would be money wise to always make sure that you have the best insulation for your attics, walls and ceilings, and your water heater tank.



#4 Amy

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Posted Mar 06 2012 02:35 PM

Applying the best materials for the insulation of the whole house, so called "building envelope" would be the most effective way to reduce energy consumption. For instance, a house built of brick sidings is better insulated than wood sidings. It does cost more to build it but I think it's worth the money.

Besides, regularly caulk windows, doors, outlets, etc is the single easiest,and most effective way to insulate your house.

#5 energybuilder8

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Posted Jul 21 2013 09:41 PM

You can read more about unplugging appliances here:

 

http://energeticbuilding.com/diar/






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