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30% of Energy used by Kentucky single-family homes can be saved through cost-effective improvements! To learn more about Kentucky's energy efficiency potential please visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's fact sheet.

Everyone uses energy—for transportation, cooking, heating and cooling rooms, manufacturing, lighting, entertainment, and many other uses. The choices people make about how they use energy affects the environment and everyone’s lives. 

Energy Saving Basics


Energy efficiency reduces the amount of energy that you use to perform a particular task through efficient technologies. Some examples are ENERGY STAR appliances, LED light bulbs, better insulation for buildings, high-efficiency air conditioning or vehicles with higher miles per gallon.

Energy conservation reduces energy use by changing your behavior or lifestyle. Examples include carpooling, using mass transit, turning thermostats down in winter and up in summer, and other behavior changes.

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Becoming aware of how you use energy is the first step to identifying ways to reduce consumption and costs. Take advantage of on-line tools to assess your energy use. On-site energy audits by a qualified energy professional are another way to pinpoint opportunities to save energy and reduce costs.

Be Bill Smart. Have you ever wondered how your electricity bill is calculated? The Office of Energy Policy can walk you through a sample bill in the Consumer Energy Management and Access Guide.    
Be sure to contact your local utility provider for assistance. In addition, utility websites offer helpful energy saving tips and resources for both residential and commercial customers that are specific to where you live.