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If you’re interested in trimming your energy bills and increasing your home’s energy efficiency, you should know a few facts about how and where all the energy in your home is used. For homeowners in Baltimore and throughout Maryland, understanding energy consumption in your home can help you approach energy efficiency in a fresh new way.

Some Energy Users Are Sneaky

While you may not be surprised that appliances use electricity while they’re on, you may be shocked at the amount of energy consumption that happens when they’re off. As much as 75 percent of your home’s energy consumption can take place when appliances are off; even a PlayStation 3 uses about 200 watts when idle. To combat these silent energy drains, plug your appliances into smart power strips that kill the idle power when your appliances aren’t in use.

Energy Consumption Is Rising Rapidly

The overwhelming number of electrical items now available in the average American home has created some major increases in energy consumption. The amount of energy used in the United States doubles every 20 years. Between 2008 and 2030, worldwide energy use is expected to increase more than 55 percent. While much of this energy is necessary for modern activities, as much as 30 percent is used inefficiently, meaning your home’s carbon footprint may be larger than necessary.

Small Changes Can Save Big

Simple changes to the way your home operates can have a significant impact on your energy use. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat can save you as much as $150 a year. Turning your thermostat settings up to 78 degrees F from 72 in the summer can cut your cooling bill 6 to 18 percent. Having ducts sealed and inspected can lower energy loss by around 20 percent.

If you’re interested in exploring new ways to reduce your home’s energy use, contact Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391. Whether you’re looking for a new energy-efficient HVAC system or you simply want to schedule your annual tuneup, you have many ways to lower your utility bills.

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