There is so much to learn about energy. Below we've included some helpful hints we think are important for all American families to be aware of. Energy is one of our most precious resources and educating ourselves about how to conserve and use it wisely will only serve us and future generations well in the future.
While these tips are not directly connected with what we regulate here at FERC, we still feel they are important for everyone to know about energy.
Things your children can do with you to help save energy and reduce the costs of your energy bill in your home:
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When natural gas is burned it produces mostly carbon dioxide and water vapor. These are the same substances emitted when people breathe.
Power interruptions are almost always an inconvenience. If you plan ahead of time, you can reduce the inconvenience of a prolonged outage by having an emergency kit which contains a few items on hand:
Your kit should include:
Extra Caution Required:
Exactly how much does it cost to operate my electrical appliances?
It's important to remember that many factors need to be considered, such as the age and efficiency of appliances, seasonal or climatic conditions, thermostat settings, family size, the number and kinds of appliances you use, and the company that supplies your electricity. It's also important to remember that adding new appliances or an increase in the size of your family may also increase your use of electricity.
The running costs of a specific appliance can be calculated if you know its wattage, the number of hours you use the appliance, and the cost you pay your provider for one kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. (For instance, a 1000 watt radiator would use 1000 watts, or 1 kilowatt, of electricity each hour it runs).
Water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, clothes dryers and stoves/ranges typically cost the most to operate because they require the greatest amount of electricity to heat or cool.
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Natural gas provides about 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States.
Wattage is usually printed on the appliance or its packaging. Multiply the wattage by the approximate number of hours you operate the appliance, then divide by 1,000 to get the number of kWh the appliance uses. Next, multiply the kWh use by your cost per kWh as identified on your electric bill. This gives you the cost of operating the appliance.
Example: A television set is rated at 300 watts and operated for 7 hours a day. Multiply 300 watts times 7 hours (300 x 7 = 2,100 watt-hours). Next, divide by 1,000 (2,100 divided by 1,000 = 2.1 kWh). Then, multiply the kilowatt-hours by the price of electricity. For purposes of this example, use 10 cents per kWh. (2.1 kWh x 10 cents) = 21 cents a day to operate.
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