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Dulley's Money-Saving Tip #1120

Electricity usage percentage breakdown

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People often ask me what energy improvements offer the greatest payback. This depends on your home and your family's lifestyle and habits. In general, a computerized thermostat and compact fluorescent light bulbs offer the greatest percentage paybacks.

The following is a typical breakdown of electricity usage in a home: HEATING/COOLING - 60%, WATER HEATING - 20%, COOKING/REFRIGERATION - 10%, LIGHTING AND APPLIANCES - 10%. Making improvements in the areas of greatest energy usage will result in the overall greatest dollar savings.

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