What Can You Do with a $1’s Worth of Energy?

Paying for utilities isn’t like shopping at the grocery store. When you buy a pound of beef, you know precisely what you are getting, but energy can seem like just another bill to pay. Sure, you understand that energy heats and cools your home, fuels your appliances and powers your TV and electronic devices; but what exactly are you paying for? It turns out, quite a lot. Here’s what you can do with just a single dollar’s worth of energy:

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Getting more for your energy dollar

As you can see, your energy dollar goes a long way. Looking to stretch those dollars even further? The following are some practical measures you can take to lower your utility bills:

  • Install low-flow shower heads and aerated faucets to save water and reduce water heating costs.
  • Lower your thermostat at night or when you are away from home. Install a programmable thermostat to optimize savings and add convenience.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are fully loaded; partial loads waste energy.
  • Reduce water heater temperature to 120°F to save energy and reduce the risk of scalding. Manufacturers often set the temperature at 140°F.
  • Unplug charging devices after your phone or laptop is fully charged. The chargers continue to use small amounts of energy even when they are not being used.
  • Use energy-saving smart strips to power off TVs, video game consoles and cable set-top boxes when they are not being used.

When you purchase new appliances, electronics or other energy-consuming devices for your home, look for models that are ENERGY STAR certified. ENERGY STAR products use significantly less energy than standard models.

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For more information about NHSaves efficiency programs and possible incentives see our Save at Home section.


This article has been prepared solely for the purpose of providing helpful information to users of this service. The information has been compiled by Questline, a contractor to the NHSaves utilities; however, no representation is made by either Questline or NHSaves as to the completeness or accuracy of the information contained therein. In particular, some information may be incomplete, may contain errors or may be out of date. In addition, neither Questline nor NHSaves endorses any product or service mentioned therein.