31 May '12, 5pm

When it comes to appliances, there are two costs. The purchase price and the cost of energy.

The Hidden Cost of Home Energy Use By improving your home's energy efficiency, you can profit in three ways: save money , improve your life , and help the earth , and making your home safer and more comfortable. Many people believe that their car is the largest single source of air pollution for which they are personally responsible. But in fact, the average home causes the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide—the principal greenhouse gas—as the average car. This is because most of the energy consumed in our homes is produced by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. This pollution is actually a hidden cost for the energy we use, over and above the dizzying $241 billion Americans spend each year on their home energy bills— that's about $2,100 per house! Much of this energy use is unnecessary because there are a variety of proven, widely availab...

Full article: http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/learn-triple#money?utm_source...

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