Dishwashers, clothes washers and freezers each account for 1% of your home’s energy use. Clothes dryers and your television tap slightly more at 4% each. Many other things around your home sap small amounts of power. Taken together, countertop kitchen appliances, mobile phones, furnace fans, pumps, computers, heating elements and outdoor lights make up a little more than a third of your energy spending.
Where do the rest of your energy dollars go? To curb energy costs, start with your home’s biggest energy drains: the refrigerator, lighting, and heating and cooling.
Heat and Cool Efficiently
The bulk of your energy dollars—and the biggest opportunity for savings—fuel heating and cooling. A full 29% of your annual energy cost keeps your home comfortable each season. Another 12% heats water for showers and washing clothes and dishes.
What can you do? Start by replacing your air filter every three months. Dirty filters make your system work harder, using more energy. When used properly, a smart thermostat can cut up to 30% of your heating and cooling costs by adjusting the temperature when you are not home. Other ideas include insulating your home and sealing duct leaks. ENERGY STAR®, an agency that helps consumers make energy-smart choices, found if you added up all the leaks in a typical home, it would be the same as leaving a window open all day.
Heating and cooling systems have gotten much more efficient over the last decade. If your system is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with a ductless, geothermal, or ducted heat pump. Our rebates help make these options more affordable, and you’ll get the biggest energy-saving results. Keep reading to learn about the rebates KEC offers.
A bright home adds 6% to your energy bill. When a classic incandescent bulb dies, replace it with an efficient LED (light emitting diode) bulb. LED bulbs offer the same amount of light as classic bulbs, but use 90% less energy. Stop by the KEC office to check out the selection of LED bulbs we sell at a price you can’t beat.
Turn Rebates into Results
Let’s be more powerful together and team up to boost your home’s efficiency. KEC offers the following rebates to help members reduce the cost of efficiency upgrades.
Heating and Cooling:
- $75 for a smart thermostat
- $900 for a ductless heat pump
- $300-$1,400 for a ducted heat pump
- $800-$3,000 for a geothermal heat pump
- $25 for a clothes dryer
- $25 for a clothes washer
- $400 for a heat pump water heater
- $3 per square foot of glass for windows
- $1,150 for a ENERGY STAR® manufactured home
- $350 for a level 2 electric vehicle charger