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Looking for ways to save energy? <a href="/node/587248">Check out these tips</a> -- which include using a power strip and switching to ENERGY STAR appliances -- that every homeowner should try.

Looking for ways to save energy? Check out these tips -- which include using a power strip and switching to ENERGY STAR appliances -- that every homeowner should try.

Over the past couple of decades, advances in appliances and electronics -- from microwaves and dishwashers to smartphones and computers -- have changed the way we use energy in our homes.

Through the Energy Department’s appliance standards, manufacturers are making great strides in developing new, more efficient appliances that are saving consumers money on their energy bills. The Department also works with the Environmental Protection Agency on ENERGY STAR, a program designed to help consumers lower their energy costs by using energy-efficient products. 


Quiz: Test Your Home Energy IQ

Are you the brightest bulb when it comes to home energy trivia? Take our latest quiz to find out!

Updated Energy Saver Guide Helps You Save Energy and Money at Home
Check out the updated Energy Saver guide for tips on saving money and energy at home. | Graphic by the Energy Department.

We've updated the popular Energy Saver guide to help you save money by saving energy.

R&D 100: Innovations That Could Save Consumers Money
Pictured is Oak Ridge National Laboratory's water heating testing facility. Researchers estimate that 10 months of constant operation in its testing facility is comparable to 10 years of service life in a typical residential setting. | Photo courtesy of the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center, ORNL.

Looking for the latest in energy efficiency technology? Check out these National Lab breakthroughs that could help homeowners save energy and money.

Living Comfortably: A Consumer’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades
A weatherization worker drills holes to blow cellulose insulation in the interior walls of this home. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL

A four-step guide to making your home more comfortable, energy efficient and healthy.

Sandia Cooler Blows Traditional CPU Coolers Away
The Sandia Cooler's innovative, compact design combines a fan and a finned metal heat sink into a single element, efficiently transferring heat in microelectronics and reducing energy use. | Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories.

The Sandia Cooler's innovative, compact design improves the way heat is transferred in microelectronics, earning it R&D Magazine Editor's Choice Award.

Estimating Appliance and Home Electronic Energy Use
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Our appliance and electronic energy use calculator allows you to estimate your annual energy use and cost to operate specific products. The wattage values provided are samples only; actual wattage of products varies depending on product age and features. Enter a wattage value for your own product for the most accurate estimate. 
Wattage and utility rate data sources: <a href="">2010 Buildings Energy Databook, Table 2.1.16</a>; <a href="">Home Energy Saver</a>;  <a href="">EIA Average Retail Price of Electricity - Residential</a>.

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

Energy Efficient Computers, Home Office Equipment, and Electronics
Use sleep mode and power management features on your computer to save money on your energy bill.

Learn how to save energy and money through efficient use of your computers, monitors, and peripherals.