The Energy Story

  Energy Is Born
  Energy Types
  Energy Changes
  Energy Generation

The Energy Problem

  Conservation of Energy
  Aging of Energy
  Finite Resources
  The Oil "Crisis"
  Energy Pollution
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The Energy Solution

  Conserving Electricity
  Appliance Efficiency
  Heating Conservation
  Renewable Energy

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Heating Conservation

While it is easy to conserve by cutting down on the use of small and large appliances, much of the energy used at home is for heating and cooling. We have become dependent on our heating systems and air conditioners. The process of cutting down on heating and cooling energy in the home is a much more difficult problem.

Your Home Heating System

The temperature of your home and how much energy it takes to get that temperature are dependent on a number of variables. Some of these are: the type of heating or cooling system, the efficiency of these systems, the amount of insulation in the house, and the temperature set inside the house and the temperature outside the house.

The easiest way to save energy on heating and cooling is to set the temperatures inside the house at comfortable but not excessive temperature. Set the temperature in the winter at 68 degrees instead of 70 or 72 degrees. Set the temperature in the summer at 75 or 78 degrees instead of 72 degrees. Many people believe that this is also healthier since there is not that tremendous difference in temperature when going from the inside to the outside of the house or vice versa.

The following pages will give you some background on how heat is transferred and more ideas on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Heat can be transferred in three ways: convection, conduction, and radiation.
Illustrates how you can save home heating energy by understanding the three ways that heat can be transferred.
Conduct an energy audit of your house to see what are the most cost efficient ways to save money on your energy bills.