Infographics are one my favorite communication tools, because they are easy to understand and interesting to learn from. It’s one the reasons I love Shrinkage is Good and often link to it here and on Twitter.
The folks at Energy Authority have put together this awesome piece showing the average ways your home uses energy, and some quick tips for slicing that usage. (Click on the graphic for the larger version).
I rarely point to this kind of stuff, but this graphic is full of goodies and new information that I have always been curious about.
Here are a couple of interesting conclusions I drew after reviewing the diagram:
- Heating & cooling is it. I knew this intuitively, of course, living in Florida and seeing my power bill fluctuate with the setting on my thermostat. But 45% is outstanding, and what’s cool is the number of ways (especially cheap ways!) you can help your cooling/heating system out, a few of which are mentioned in the graphic. This is definitely the place to start.
- Hot water. This is a larger percentage than I expected. Suddenly, tank insulation and tweaking that thermostat makes more of a difference than I thought.
- Washing/drying. Something that definitely depends on the age of your equipment. It’s also a bigger percentage than I expected, and I like the tip about washing in cold water.
- The little things add up. The other items on the list seem insignificant, but taken together account for a good chunk of the power bill. Taking little steps to make small changes in each of these areas can really add up.
Have you cut your home power bill successfully? How did you do it? How true are the percentages indicated here in your own situation?