Residential Energy

Do you want to increase your health, comfort, and safety, and decrease your monthly energy bills leading to an INCREASED QUALITY OF LIFE?

Simple home fixes and behavioral changes can decrease your residential energy use and increase utility savings.

By implementing various measures, residents will reduce the burning of fossil fuels, the source of energy used in our homes. It is particularly important to reduce electricity use during peak periods to negate the need to build more power plants.

For additional tips and advice please visit ReEnergize Mt Lebanon.

Use energy efficiently and conserve

Conservation Measures can be achieved in a series of levels:

Simple Measures: These steps require minimal effort and little investment:

  • Daylighting – turn off light fixtures when not needed. Sit by windows and use natural light for reading
  • Reduce Vampire Loads – Unplug small appliances which have their own clocks, timers or lighting when not in use. These appliances use a surprising amount of energy when in standby mode, energy that is wasted
  • Natural Ventilation – turn off air conditioning and open windows to capture the benefits of natural cooling
  • Thermostats – turn them down during the winter and up during the summer. Wear season appropriate clothing when inside.
  • Caulk & Weather strip – air escapes through cracks around windows, external doors, basement “band-joist” area, attic light fixtures, and ductwork. Seal up these cracks and you won’t need to heat and cool so much anymore

Moderate Measures: Measures that require slightly more effort and minor cost:

  • Switch from Incandescent to Fluorescent or LED Light Bulbs. These modern bulbs save tons of energy!
  • Install Power Strips. To simplify turning off unused appliances plug them into a power switch and then turn off the power strip when the are not in use.
  • Purchase Energy Star Appliances – these higher efficiency appliances use use 20%–40% less energy than the basic models. Looks for the energy star label when you buy!
  • Install Programmable Thermostats – these simplify turning the thermostat up or down during unoccupied hours
  • Have an Energy Audit performed on your house to determine a Home Energy Rating and to pinpoint problem areas of your home
  • Install an effective Thermal Boundary – air sealing and insulation in the exterior walls, floors and roof will reduce Energy Consumption and increase Indoor Air Quality

Advanced Measures: May require training, technology and slightly more cost:

  • Install Green Switches – to turn off ALL non-essential power during unoccupied hours
  • Zone Mechanical Equipment – to permit un-occupied or low-occupancy spaces to be heated and cooled at a lower rate
  • Install HRV or ERV – Energy Recovery Systems – to pre-heat or pre-cool the fresh air in your HVAC system
  • Install Geo-Thermal Heat Pump, Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Systems – to harness the renewable energy of the Earth and the Sun
  • Install Energy Star Windows & Doors – to further reduce Energy Consumption

Incorporating any or all of these measures will help to reduce the burning of fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil and propane, used in our home heating and cooking appliances and will help to reduce the burning of fossil fuels used in the production of the electricity for our homes.

It is particularly important to reduce electricity use during peak periods to eliminate the use of the most inefficient, coal-powered electricity plants. Reducing fossil fuel use will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the quality of our air and water and will slow the effects of climate change.

Learn more from the following presentations prepared by the Environmental team and the ESB.

Residential Efficiency Actions Presentation

Residential Energy Use Overview Presentation