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There are many environmental reasons to want to save energy, but there are also many financial benefits to maximizing energy efficiency. You could save thousands each year by making upgrades to appliances, heating, cooling, electronics and windows in your home. 

In the United States, we have a very diverse and unique climate that varies from region to region. Each region has varying factors that affect yearly energy usage. In CHELCO's region, our average annual energy consumption breaks down to look something like this: 

  • Cooling: 48%

  • Heating: 28% 

  • Water Heating: 11%

  • Refrigeration: 5%

  • Cooking: 2%

  • Lighting: 2%

  • Washer/Dryer: 2%

  • Other Appliances: 2%

Save Big With Efficiency Upgrades


You can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10-15% for 8 hours a day.


By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling by 20-50%.

Water Heater

Water heating is the second largest expense in most homes, typically accounting for about 18% of your energy bill. Consider using less hot water, turning down the thermostat on your water heater and insulating your water heater to save big on your energy bills.


Increasing your home's insulation is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste.


Approximately 20% of unconditioned air infiltrates through openings in your windows, doors and skylights. Storm windows alone can reduce heat loss through windows by 25-50%.


If you caulk around your windows and doors, make sure the weather stripping on your doors and windows is tight and weatherstrip your attic door, you could reduce your energy use by 5-30%.

ENERGY STAR Appliances

Appliances account for approximately 22% of your household energy consumption. Upgrading your older major appliances to newer, ENERGY STAR appliances could save you big on your monthly energy bills.


By replacing your old light bulb fixtures with ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs and lighting fixtures, you can reduce your lighting energy use in your home by 50-75%.