Actually, I took this survey yesterday. My results totally surprised me, because I tend to think that my home is very energy-efficient! Apparently not! Anyway, we don't even have an attic! Our ceilings are raised into a triangle, and you can see that inside the house, too, so our ceilings are pointed. Maybe we should insulate our ceilings. Anyway, my father cringed when I asked him about the way we power our washer and drier and our stove. Maybe we should hand wash our clothing and hang them up outside or something in the summer. I'll have to ask him when he gets back.
Above & Beyond Energy Challenge
Get An Energy Efficiency Score For Your Home
In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. The average desktop computer idles at 80 watts, while the average laptop idles at 20 watts. A Sony PlayStation 3 uses about 200 watts and nearly as much when idle. Idle power consumes more electricity than all the solar panels in America combined.
You've been working hard to make your home more efficient and engage in important energy-saving practices. But sometimes it's useful to take a comprehensive look at all the components of your home's energy systems, and uncover hidden opportunities for improvement. This Home Energy Survey from EnergySavvy can tell you a lot!
- Go to Resources and follow the link to EnergySavvy's Home Energy Survey.
- Take the survey! NOTE: If you're a student, you might need to do this with a parent or other adult.
- Share what you learned about your home. Were there aspects of thinking about energy use that you weren't aware of. Anything surprise you?
- Based on this survey, what next steps could you take in buttoning up your home and making it more energy efficient?
Don't live in a place covered by this survey? Already live in a completely tight building?
Find a friend who does live somewhere relevant and help them do this survey. Let us know how it goes!