According to energystar.gov, the average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry a year. An ENERGY STAR-certified clothes washer can reduce energy costs by about 33% and water costs by more than 50%.
Advanced Power Strips
Did you know vampire loads — or power consumed even when electronics are turned off — can add up to about $200 in yearly costs? Advanced power strips, primarily used for home office and entertainment centers, prevent vampire loads by cutting power to specific outlets until you use your devices again. Several strip options are available, including timers, remote controls and infrared sensor monitoring.
BPA maintains cost-effective Advanced Power Strip measures for personal computers and home entertainment centers with a BPA payment.
Lighting has many functions in day-to-day life. It brightens functional spaces, creates ambiance, and can help
improve security. Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, and Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, or CFLS, have been in the market for several years — making it easier to access energy-efficient lighting choices for your home.
Energy Saver Kits
Energy Saver Kits are a collection of items such as high-efficiency lighting, advanced power strips, aerators or showerheads that can be quickly and easily installed to reduce your home electricity use. Many utilities offer Energy Saver Kits to customers who are interested in low- or no-cost solutions.
The Retail Sales Allocation Tool (RSAT) is a dynamic interface tool for creating transparent, accurate allocations of sales of energy-efficiency products to the utility service territory in which they were installed—without requiring end-user documentation.
The tool uses detailed data sources that combine:
The current output of the tool is in the form of an Excel spreadsheet (with a choice of Macros or Filters) to allow for the tool to be used by all parties without the need for additional software or Web access.
For more detailed information, read the RSAT FAQ document.
In all of these cases, public utilities should contact your Energy Efficiency Representative or ResEEprogram@bpa.gov.