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Reducing energy use in your home saves you money, increases our energy security and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy. <a href="/energysaver/articles/reducing-your-electricity-use">Learn more about reducing your electricity use</a>.

Reducing energy use in your home saves you money, increases our energy security and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy. Learn more about reducing your electricity use.

We rely on electricity to power our lights, appliances, and electronics in our homes. Many of us also use electricity to provide our homes with hot water, heat, and air conditioning. As we use more electricity in our homes, electric bills rise. Efficient products and energy-saving strategies can help you save money and energy at home. In addition, you can also explore how to use renewables to provide power your home, either by buying clean electricity or by installing and operating a small home renewable energy system, like solar panels or a wind turbine.

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How to Read Your Electric Meter
The difference between one month's reading and the next is the amount of energy units that have been used for that billing period. | Photo courtesy of Warren Gretz, NREL.

The basic unit of measure of electric power is the Watt, and one thousand Watts are called a kilowatt. Your electric utility bills you by the kilowatt-hour -- the number of kilowatts you use per hour.

Estimating Appliance and Home Electronic Energy Use
Estimate the energy consumption and cost to operate an appliance when making a purchase. Investing in an energy-efficient product may save you money in the long run. | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/wh1600.

Learn how to estimate what it costs to operate your appliances and how much energy they consume.

Choose the Right Advanced Power Strip for You
Choose the right advanced power strip based on your habits to reduce the electricity wasted when your electronic devices are idle.

Replacing your conventional power strips with advanced power strips can help reduce the electricity wasted when electronics are idle, without your having to change the way you normally use your devices.

New Infographic and Projects to Keep Your Energy Bills Out of Hot Water
New Energy Saver 101 infographic lays out the different types of water heaters on the market and will help you figure out how to select the best model for your home. Download a high-resolution version of the <a href="/node/612506">infographic</a>. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity.

New Energy Saver do-it-yourself guides and an infographic will help you save energy and money on water heating costs.

Buying Clean Electricity
You have the option to purchase renewable electricity, either directly from your power supplier, from an independent clean power generator, or through renewable energy certificates. | Photo courtesy of Alstom 2010.

You have the option to purchase renewable electricity, either directly from your power supplier, from an independent clean power generator, or through renewable energy certificates.

Lighting Choices to Save You Money

Light your home for less money while using the same amount of light.

Smart Grid Week: How the Transition to 21st Century Grid Impacts You
Smart meter technology plays a key role in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. <a href="/node/300517">The Team Tidewater Virginia's smart meter</a>, as seen on opening day, indicates the team generated 5 kW hours of electricity in the first several hours of the competition. | Image courtesy of Lachlan Fletcher, Studio 18a.

From smart meters to energy-saving apps -- an overview of the many capabilities a smarter, more powerful grid makes available to you.