Here’s everything you need to know to save energy, in one spot

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If you’re looking for a few tips on how to save energy and lower your utility bills this summer, we’ve got you covered.

The U.S. Department of Energy has put together a list of tools and calculators to point you in the right direction. It’s a one-stop shop to answering all of your energy-savings questions.

Are you wondering what energy-efficient appliances are worth the investment? Do you want to know what energy efficiency tax incentives or rebates you qualify for? If you answered yes to either of these questions, take a few minutes to check out the links below.

  1. Energy Saver's Home Appliance and Electronic Device Energy Use Calculator

    What it does:  Do you want to know what appliances or electronics are using the most energy in your house? This calculator can help you out. It estimates your annual energy use and cost to operate more than 50 common household products.

  2. Energy Star's Home Energy Yardstick

    What it does:  Wondering how your energy usage compares to others around the country? All you need is Energy Star’s Home Energy Yardstick. This home assessment tool uses your past 12 months of utility bills to score your household efficiency on a scale of 1 to 10 in comparison to similar homes.

  3.  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Home Energy Saver

    What it does:  All of the energy-saving upgrade options available today can seem overwhelming. If you’re one of those people staring at your options and wondering where to begin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has you covered with their Home Energy Saver calculator. This tool will ask you to enter information about your house and provide you with customized list of energy-saving upgrade recommendations. It’s a really simple way to find out what upgrades make the most sense for you based on your local climate and energy prices.

  4.   U.S. Energy Department's Energy- and Cost-Savings Calculators

    What it does:  If you’re looking into energy-efficiency upgrades for your home, you probably want to know how much you can expect those upgrades to save you in energy costs. This calculator will run the numbers for you. This tool gives you a breakdown of payback periods for various products based on capacity, energy costs, hours of use and efficiency levels.

  5.  U.S. Energy Department's Database of Incentives

    What it does:  If you’re making energy-efficiency upgrades to your house and aren’t sure what tax credits, rebates and savings are available for your upgrades, this database is your one-stop shop for all that information. It searches federal, state and local incentives to offset the cost of energy-efficiency improvements and renewable energy technologies in your home.

Information from Black Hills Energy's Keeping Energy Affordable blog
July 2017