Welcome to National Energy Awareness Month! To celebrate, here is a list of Energy Hacks and Energy Facts that can help you reduce your electric bills and grow your trivia knowledge. 

We’ll be adding to this list as the month goes on, so stay tuned. Do you have hacks or facts you’d like to share? Add them in the comment section below!

Clothes dryers are energy guzzlers. A typical household will spend an estimated $100 per year to operate an electric dryer and $40 per year to run a gas dryer. One simple way to help reduce your drying times (and cut those costs) is to increase air circulation by adding a tennis ball or a clean, dry towel to each dryer load.

Source: Money and Energy Saving Tips, PG&E

A 2014 study revealed that 3,752 K-12 schools in the United States have solar systems installed, meaning that nearly 2.7 million students already attend schools powered in part by solar energy. California leads the country with 963 PV systems installed on schools. Now that’s how we create a brighter future.

Source: Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, SEIA

Save time and energy with this hack! Glass conducts heat better than metal, so baking with glass dishes can shorten your baking time and allow you to reduce your oven temperature. Just be careful when baking recipes with a lot of sugar, because the extra heat might cause your dish to burn.

Source: Money & Energy Saving Tips, PG&E

Andrea Luecke, the Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, says of their 2013 study, “In comparing our estimates with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we find that California now has more solar workers than actors and that there are more solar jobs in Texas than there are ranchers.” (Source)

Nationwide, the solar industry also directly employs more people than the coal industry: 174,000 solar workers compared to roughly 80,000-123,000 that work in coal. 

Source: “The Solar Business Now Employs More Americans Than Coal Mining,” Slate

Although many manufacturers set water heaters to 140°F, most households will be fine reducing their water temperature to 120°F. Not only can you save energy and money, but you’ll also prevent mineral buildup and protect against scalding (140°F is HOT!). According to the US Department of Energy, you can save $12 to $30 per year for each 10°F reduction.

Source: “Savings Project: Lower Water Heater Temperature,” US Department of Energy

Solar is growing fast. Since 2009, the number of American homes powered by rooftop solar energy has increased from more than 66,000 to 734,000 today. One iconic house joined the rooftop revolution in 2014. Can you guess? It wasn’t the Orange House… it was the White House!

Source: “Increasing Solar Access For All Americans,” The White House

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