Fast Energy Facts for Energy Awareness Month

There is a lot to learn this Energy Awareness Month about energy use and saving opportunities at work, home and more. Here is a list of some of the interesting energy-related statistics, ideas and facts we have come across in our research: 

National & State

  • ENERGY STAR's 2017 Top Cities include Washington, D.C. (with $167 million of cost savings); Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Atlanta; Dallas; Chicago; Houston; Boston; and Phoenix. (Source
  • Every state is unique when it comes to energy policies apply. Find out which incentives are available for your state.  
  • Roughly 26% of Hawaii's electricity generation comes from renewable sources and Hawaii is aiming to make that 100% by 2045 (Source

At Work 

  • Approximately 30% of the energy used in buildings is used inefficiently or unnecessarily. (Source
  • Activating the power-save function on your computer is a super-easy way to save up to $90 a year on your utility bills. (Source
  • Installing currently developed and properly tuned controls with a building automation system (BAS) could cut commercial building energy consumption by approximately 29% — equivalent to 4-5 Quads, or 4-5% of energy consumed nationwide. (Source
  • Companies with the greatest energy-saving potential through a BAS included those who adjusted setpoints, reduced minimum airflow rates through variable-air volume boxes and limited heating and cooling to when building was occupied. (Source

At Home 

  • The amount of energy Americans use doubles every 20 years. (Source
  • You can save energy by running the dishwasher and laundry at night when it's cooler and only doing full loads. (Source
  • When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 to 15° for eight hours and save around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills. Or you can invest in a programmable thermostat. (Source
  • Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. (Source
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F) to save energy. (Source
  • Use LED lights during the holidays to save money on energy. (Source
  • There are more than 16,000 electric charging stations and 44,000 charging outlets for electric vehicles (EV) across the country. (Source