Everything you need to know to save energy, in one spot

OK, so that might be a liiiiiiiitle bit of an exaggeration. Like when my 4-year-old insists that she will “actually starve in real life” if she doesn’t have cheese immediately ...

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Everything you need to know to save energy, in one spot

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[T]his chart from the Department of Energy can point you in the right direction to answer most of your energy-savings questions.

Key Points

  • This chart has links to answer most of your energy-savings questions.
  • The links are Department of Energy-approved, so you know they’re legit.
  • Indeed, they’re too legit to quit.

OK, so that might be a liiiiiiiitle bit of an exaggeration. Like when my 4-year-old insists that she will “actually starve in real life” if she doesn’t have cheese immediately (in her defense, cheese is possibly the world’s tastiest food).

But this chart from the Department of Energy can point you in the right direction to answer most of your energy-savings questions.

For instance, ever wondered what appliances are worth investing in new energy-efficient versions? Or have you tried to figure out what tax incentives or rebates you qualify for?

Look no further and check out the links below.

QUESTION

TOOL OR CALCULATOR

INFORMATION

What appliances or electronics are using the most energy in my house?

Energy Saver's Home Appliance and Electronic Device Energy Use Calculator

Estimate your annual energy use and cost to operate more than 50 common household products

How does my energy usage compare to others across the country?

Energy Star's Home Energy Yardstick

This home assessment tool uses your past 12 months of utility bills to score your household efficiency on a scale of 1 to 10 in comparison to similar homes.

What energy-saving upgrades make the most sense based on my local climate and energy prices?

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Home Energy Saver

Enter information about your house to get a customized list of energy-savings recommendations.

How much can I expect to save by upgrading to energy efficient products?

Energy Department's Energy- and Cost-Savings Calculators

Understand payback periods for various products based on capacity, energy costs, hours of use and efficiency levels.

What tax credits, rebates, and savings are available for any upgrades I make?

Energy Department's Database of Incentives

Search for federal, state and local incentives to offset the cost of energy-efficient improvements and renewable energy technologies in your home.

Which car should I take?

FuelEconomy.gov’s Trip Calculator

Drivers with more than one vehicle in their garage can determine which will be the best for their trip.

Is there a more cost-effective and energy efficient vehicle that would be right for me?

Energy Department's Vehicle Cost Calculator

Compare emissions and lifetime operating costs of specific vehicle models, including conventional cars and trucks, as well as vehicles running on alternative fuels, such as electricity, ethanol, natural gas, or biodiesel.

Where can I get fuel for my non-gasoline-powered car?

Energy Department's Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Find more than 16,000 public alternative fuel and charging stations nationwide.

 

See? Almost everything you need to know.

Now treat yourself to some delicious cheese.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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