If you live in a typical U.S. home, your appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of your energy bills.
Reference: US Department of Energy
Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.
Water heating can account for 14%-25% of the energy consumed in your home.
You can reduce your home's heating and cooling costs by as much as 30 percent through proper insulation and air sealing techniques.
Amount of money that would be saved if the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings improved by 10 percent: $20 billion.
Reference: Energy Star
Amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would be reduced if the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings improved by 10 percent: equal to about 30 million vehicles.
Amount of global carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere in 2005: 6,000 million metric tons.
Extracting fossil fuels like coal and oil from underground disturbs and contaminates underground water supplies. This contamination pollutes the water and can render it unsuitable for human or animal consumption.
The buildings, equipment and roadways necessary for extracting fossil fuels and producing useable energy are a significant disruption to wildlife and the natural environment. Habitat is diminished at the site of extraction as well as in the areas surrounding roadways and railways erected to transport the raw materials to where they will be processed and used.
The potential for oil spills is a well-known hazard of our dependence on fossil fuels. By reducing the amount of energy we consume we are also reducing the amount of oil that must be transported around the world.