Energy efficiency is "using less energy to provide the same service". The best way to understand this idea is through examples:
When you replace a single pane window in your house with an energy-efficient one, the new window prevents heat from escaping in the winter, so you save energy by using your furnace or electric heater less while staying comfortable. In the summer, efficient windows keep the heat out, so the air conditioner does not run as often and you save electricity.
When you replace an appliance, such as a refrigerator or clothes washer, or office equipment, such as a computer or printer, with a more energy-efficient model, the new equipment provides the same service, but uses less energy. This saves you money on your energy bill, and reduces the amount of green house gases going into the atmosphere.
Energy efficiency is not energy conservation. Energy conservation is reducing or going without a service to save energy.
Home Energy Savings
Touchstone Energy has published two printable resources to help our members in their request to save energy and money.
The Home Energy Savings Guide is a starting point to get you on the way toward better energy management for your home. In it you will find valuable tips designed to create greater home comfort and improve performance. Download it now.
Your Touchstone Energy Cooperative has compiled a list of 101 Low-Cost/No-Cost Energy Saving Measures to help you better manage your home's energy costs.