Home Energy Use

Reduce Energy Use at Home! 

Home appliances can be big energy hogs, responsible for about 14% of the CO2 from a typical home, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The four primary culprits are refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, and electronics such as TVs and computers. Here are a few facts.

Refrigerators are one of the top energy users in most households because they are always on. But modern refrigerators are far more efficient than earlier models and offer an opportunity to save both energy and money.

Most of the energy used by clothes washing machines goes to heating water but today’s machines, especially front-loading ones, use much less water while still getting clothes clean. Today’s laundry detergents work just as well in cold water, and in some cases, hot water actually interferes with the cleaning process.

Clothes dryers are another example of the greatest energy hogs in our homes. Learn more about alternate ways of drying clothes and the benefits of line drying.

Electronics play a big role in our homes today – TVs, gaming, computers, networks, etc. We can work toward not letting these energy-greedy tools and toys take over our electric bills.

EnergyStar/Consumer Reports: The EnergyStar program from the U.S. Department of Energy gives consumers guidance on which appliances to buy based on their energy efficiency. EnergyStar-rated appliances save consumers money every year in electricity costs. These appliances have many different features (e.g., storage capacity) to meet consumer needs. Also, Consumer Reports rates home appliances for reliability, safety, cost and features.

Communities who get their electricity from National Grid, Eversource or Untilies have access to appliance rebate programs through the State’s MassSave program