Reducing Electricity Use and Costs

Reducing energy use in your home saves you money, increases our energy security and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy. Learn more about reducing your electricity use.

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We rely on electricity to power our lights, appliances, and electronics in our homes. Many of us also use electricity to provide our homes with hot water, heat, and air conditioning. As we use more electricity in our homes, electric bills rise. Efficient products and energy-saving strategies can help you save money and energy at home. In addition, you can also explore how to use renewables to provide power your home, either by buying clean electricity or by installing and operating a small home renewable energy system, like solar panels or a wind turbine.

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Electric Meters
The basic unit of measure of electric power is the Watt, and one thousand Watts are called a kilowatt. Your electric utility bills you by the kilow...
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Estimating Appliance and Home Electronic Energy Use
Learn how to estimate what it costs to operate your appliances and how much energy they consume.
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Choose the Right Advanced Power Strip for You

Replacing your conventional power strips with advanced power strips can help reduce the electricity wasted when electronics are idle, without your...

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New Infographic and Projects to Keep Your Energy Bills Out of Hot Water
New Energy Saver do-it-yourself guides and an infographic will help you save energy and money on water heating costs.
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Buying Clean Electricity
You have the option to purchase renewable electricity, either directly from your power supplier, from an independent clean power generator, or thro...
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Lighting Choices to Save You Money
Light your home for less money while getting the same amount of light.
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Smart Grid Week: How the Transition to 21st Century Grid Impacts You

From smart meters to energy-saving apps -- an overview of the many capabilities a smarter, more powerful grid makes available to you.

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Rebates & Tax Credits

A federal tax credit is available for solar energy systems. The credit is for 30% through 2019, then decreases to 26% for tax year 2020, then to 22% for tax year 2021. It expires December 31, 2021. Learn more and find state and local incentives.

The federal tax credit for small wind energy systems expired at the end of 2016. If you installed a small wind system in 2015 or 2016, file form 5695 with your taxes to claim the credit.