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Energy Efficiency Resources for Residents

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Homeowners who participated in Energize Phoenix are saving over $300, and small businesses
are saving $1400 per year on average after getting energy upgrades.What can you do? If you
are considering making changes to your home, now is an easy and one of the best times to get
a home energy check-up. Go to www.azhomeperformance.com or if in Tucson go to Tucson
Electric Power
 for a list of utility-approved contractors tofind an approved contractor, and learn
common energy loss issues and solutions in Arizona homes.

Check out our new energy efficiency how-to videos for homeowners.

Energy Efficiency Resources for Residents

* Source: Produced in collaboration with the Southwest Building Science Training Center and the Arizona Energy Consortium Energy Efficiency Committee

  1. High utility bills
  2. Inconsistent temperatures between rooms
  3. Interior doors close upon AC start-up
  4. Excessive AC noise
  5. Old AC and/or non EnergyStar® appliances
  6. Warm interior walls and hot exterior walls
  7. Seeing light around window and exterior door frames
  8. Severe heat/cold near doors and windows
  9. Dust around AC heating/cooling registers, outlet plates, door frames or on carpet in doorways
  10. Multiple ceiling can lights

Easy Energy Investments


  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient bulbs.
    CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent lamps and last 10 times longer.
  • Purchase a watt-meter to measure energy consumption.
    Cost is $20 to $35. Homeowners can see the direct impact the device is
    having on their energy bill and take action to reduce costs.
  • Install an Energy Dashboard.
    Cost is $150 – $300.  Multiple studies have shown that homeowners do a better
    job of conserving energy if they get real-time energy-use feedback.
  • Install shade trees.
    Planting shade trees in the right location can save up to $50/year.
  • Convert to energy-efficient variable speed pool pumps.
    Savings between $175 and $400 annually based on size of motor, operating hours
    and utility rate schedule.

Myth Busters


  • Powered attic fans (including solar) reduce your cooling bill.
    Power attic ventilators if not installed properly, can actually increase utility consumption
    by pulling conditioned air out of the house and into the attic space.
  • Fans always reduce one’s energy costs.
    Yes, fans blow air across your skin and you feel cooler. This allows you to ratchet up the
    thermostat. Just remember the adage “Fans cool people, not rooms.” Turn off ceiling fans
    and floor fans in unoccupied spaces but also remember to turn up the thermostat.
  • Weather-stripping my doors and windows will significantly reduce my energy bills.
    Although windows, doors, and outside walls contribute to air leakage, the biggest holes are
    usually hidden from view and connect the house to the attic, crawlspace, or basement.

Behaviors that Save Energy


  • Recycle your old refrigerator or freezer instead of using it in the garage.
    Turning off an old refrigerator or freezer can save about $100 a year – savings will vary
    depending on the type of refrigerator.
  • Reduce phantom loads. 
    This refers to the electric power consumed by electronic and electrical appliances
    while they are in a standby mode or are switched off (but are designed to draw some power).
  • Set thermostat based on occupancy schedule.
    Raising your set point by 1 degree in the summer saves 3%. The US Dept. of
    Energy states that programmable thermostats can save up to $150 a year on energy
    costs when used properly.

Additional Tips and Resources

** Beware of FREE energy audits. Frequently these are product sales companies that do NOT have
personnel qualified to conduct a true home energy check-up. Go to  www.azhomeperformance.com.
Tucson residents go to https://www.tep.com/efficiency/home/efficienthome/ for a list of utility- approved contractors.