Now's your chance to ask Energy Department experts your questions about saving energy at home. This month, we're answering your questions about renewable energy for your home. | Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
In 2012, the average American family spent 2.7 percent of their household income on home energy bills. While this might not sound like a lot, it adds up to almost $2,000 a year in energy costs. And much of that energy -- 20 percent or more -- is wasted on things like air leaks, poor insulation, and inefficient heating and cooling systems.
Here at the Energy Department and our National Laboratories, our scientists and engineers are looking for ways to help homeowners save money by saving energy. They’re working on everything from innovative products to best practices for home energy specialists -- all helping to cut energy bills in homes across the country. Now, as part of our new series, #AskEnergySaver, our experts are answering your energy-saving questions and sharing their advice on ways to improve your home’s comfort while also saving you money.
Around the middle of every month, you can submit your energy efficiency questions based on that month’s theme -- whether it’s insulation, water heaters or incorporating renewable energy into your home. This month, we’re answering your questions about renewable energy systems for your home. Just post your questions on social media (whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Instagram) using #AskEnergySaver or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll pick up to five questions based on the monthly theme and post the answers a week later on Energy.gov -- creating a resource for others who are looking to improve their home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
We look forward to answering your home energy efficiency questions! And be sure to check back on this blog post every month for information about how to submit questions for next #AskEnergySaver theme.