Top Ten Conservation Rules
The following 4 rules are essential
to selecting the most effective market for Home Energy Audit services:
The larger the
home, the greater the energy savings potential
Older homes offer
even greater the energy savings potential
The more people
who live in a home the greater the energy savings potential
Pets have a
larger impact on energy consumption then most people realize
If you choose to begin with Home Energy Audits
larger homes of older vintages (1950-1985) should be the highest
priority. More occupants or pets also increase the likelihood
your services will return substantial savings.
consumption by 107 million U.S. households in 2001 totaled 1,140
billion kWh, or just less than 900 kWh per month per household. These
households ranged in size from 400 square foot studio apartments up to
10,000+ square foot mansions. The average square footage was 1340
square feet. Square footage is important as there is almost a direct
correlation between the power consumption and the size of the
residential retail price per kWh in 2007 was $0.107, giving a monthly
power bill of $100. Of course there is a significant amount of
variation due to size of household, price of power, climate,
alternative heating such as natural gas, and the number of occupants.
Take a typical
family of 4 living in a 3500 square foot home in Dallas. The average
monthly power is about $300 a month, and about 30% of the North Dallas
region fits this profile. Or take a typical family of 4 living
in a 2200 square foot home in Boise Idaho. The average monthly power
is about $80 a month, and about 30% of the region fits this profile.
The Department of Energy has provided a
tremendous amount of information on energy production and consumption
that will provide regional/local consumption and costs.
Use the search Tool below to search for
energy information administration
to find the DOE websites of interest.
Energy Conservation Action Rules
The remaining six rules are the key elements that
will lead to the most significant energy savings for most consumers.
Each of these actions are detailed on dedicated pages. Simple
common sense that 95% of all homes in America don't apply in their
HVAC systems with
dirt/dust buildup cost more to operate
Air Leaks and Insulation
Kitchen Appliances; Refrigerator
Maintenance and Seasonal Cooking
In most cases the biggest savings will come from
the smallest investments in time and or money. Customers should
be reluctant to invest in new appliances when what they have is still
working fine. What they don't realize is they may be missing out
on some of the simple maintenance or are using these systems
Over the next few pages we'll explain what the
detailed actions are and give you some ideas on how you can offer some
very effective services that may be profitable for you to include with
your Home Energy Audit service.