Daniel Rodriguez 0419997
October 10, 2014
Topic: Saving Energy at Home
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience the many different ways they can save up energy at home along with money.
Thesis Statement: Everyone needs to understand how to save up energy at home, because it will benefit each and every one of us economically.
Everyone, take a second and think of how many times you leave the lights on in your house when you leave your house or how long you take to shower with hot water. Imagine all that energy you are wasting since no one else is using that light or how much energy is your water heater using to produce all that hot water.
Saving energy at home is an easy way to save you a lot of money in the long run.
We need to understand the benefits of saving up energy at home along with the effective ways of how to do it exactly.
I will be showing you today, how doing something so minor as unplugging a charger from the wall plug to installing a thermostat in your house will decrease the amount of energy that you will be consuming.
Transition: What methods can I use to save energy?
Saving energy is not hard to do especially if you start fixing your house little by little.
"The average U.S. household pays $1,900 annually in utility bills, according to the Department of Energy." (Anderson, Frick, Gerstner, Esswein, ENERGY CRISIS)
An easy process that might be costly but will benefit you tremendously is calling an energy auditor to evaluate your house and find out what is best for your house in regards to saving money. It usually costs about $250 to $600 dollars depends in the area.
If an energy auditor is not for you, and you are more of a do it yourself person, I will be describing the perfect ways to lower your utility bill.
Transition: There are many fields in which saving energy can be accomplished. Cooling, heating, lighting, appliances, water heating, electronics, and windows are the most important fields were change can be done in anyone's home.
"The biggest slices of a typical household's energy budget are heating and cooling (about 40%) and water heating and lighting (each about 10%). With a few no-sweat moves, you can reduce your annual costs by $250 to $300." (Anderson, Frick, Gerstner, Esswein, ENERGY CRISIS)
The most important way to save energy will be to install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and it will help you manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
Check for leaks around doors and windows where possible air can pass through and check if your AC is running properly. Close blinds when it's hot to block the sunlight and the UV rays and open them when it's nice and cool outside.
If no one is home, remember to put your thermostat higher so it can be at a normal temperature for example 75 F will be a perfect temperature here in the valley.
Transition: When it comes to lighting and appliances, we have to be very careful of what we are actually buying.
The lighting around your house can really benefit you if you have compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of standard bulbs or halogen light bulbs, because they are more energy-efficient and they produce the same amount of light.
"If every U.S. home replaced one 60-watt incandescent bulb with a CFL, it would save enough energy in a year to light nearly 3 million homes and equal the greenhouse-gas reduction of taking 750,000 cars off the road!" (Crane, Save Energy)
Most of us do this all the time; I know I do this almost every time I leave my house. Leaving the lights on or any appliances that are consuming energy when you leave the room is basically throwing away money, because the light or appliance is still producing energy but is being used for no one.
Plugging home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips and turning the power strips off when no one is using the equipment will reduce the energy that the...
Citations: Anderson, J., Frick, R., Gerstner, L., Esswein, P. M. (2011). ENERGY CRISIS 2.0 SAVE MONEY AT HOME. Kiplinger 's Personal Finance, 65(6), p47-50
Crane, C(2011). Save Energy, Save the Environment. Science World, (67), p27
Duke Energy Progress. (2013). 100 ways to Save Energy at Home. Retrieved from https://www.progress-energy.com/carolinas/home/save-energy-money/energy-saving-tips-calculators/100-tips.page?
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U.S Department of Energy. (2014). Energy Saver Guide: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home. Retrieved from http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-saver-guide-tips-saving-money-and-energy-home
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