What uses the most energy?

Home Inspector with Total Home Inspection Service

Knowing where the big energy users are will help you be come a better enegry manager. The heating/air conditioning uses 55%,water heating 20%,freezes/refrigerators 8% ,lighting,tv's,stereos & radios 8%, food preparation 5%, and clothes dryer/dishwasher 4%.

Five simple steps to conserve energy are 1) set the a/c heaing system thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. 2) set the hotwater heater thermostat to 120 degrees or on medium. 3) replace air filters every 30 days. 4) use energy efficient light bulds when replacing them. 5) seal air leaks.

Until next time, please remeber your NEW ORLEANS and surrounding area parishes Matt Piazza.

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Roger Billeci
Real Estate Investments - PropertyQwest.com - Alamo, CA

It's amazing how little we really need to do (enacting simple steps) to conserve large amounts of energy.  As with many things in life, the more we work together towards achieving these goals the bigger the difference we can make!

Aug 11, 2008 02:20 PM #1
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Matt.

My partner has a sister there in Chalmette. She lost her home in Katrina but had enough insurance so that she is rebuilding.

One other thing to note is that just because something is turned off doesn't mean that it's not using electricity. After all, electricity has to come through the electric meter, which tells the utility company to charge you for it, and get to the on/off button so that when you push it, it knows to turn on.

Look around at all the stuff in one's house that is telling you the time (range, microwave, clock radio, VCR, etc.), all using electricity while you have them all turned off because you're asleep.


Aug 11, 2008 08:04 PM #2
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I rarely use the heating or cooling systems, but I cook a lot on an electric range. So all the money I save by not heating or cooling myself goes to heat the food on the stove and cool it in the refrigerator and freezer.

Aug 11, 2008 08:49 PM #3
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Matt, great points you bring up about the energy savings.

Jim, let us know if we help your sister in anyway. My wife for the longest time has been disconnect all electrical things from the wall.

Aug 11, 2008 10:44 PM #4
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