How to Save Energy

Ways for Individuals to Save Energy

Guides and examples of quick easy steps, products, energy audits, and home improvements that you can make today to improve your home's energy efficiency.

Georgetown University energy prize's individual efficiency guides 

While there is a lot of information available for consumers, a lot of it is relatively dense, and/or requires an advanced degree in engineering and math to truly understand what actions are best for an individual to take.

To help individuals make more efficiency energy choices, a Georgetown University Energy Prize Fellow, Catherine Huber, spent the last few months distilling the wealth of available information into a few easy-to-understand guides.  Download each of the PDF documents below:

To see our citations for information and images, download this list.


HUD.GOV's Consumer Guide to Energy-Efficient and Healthy Homes 

Visit's consumer guide that describes how to improve a home’s energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, which can help reduce heating and cooling costs, save energy, and improve occupants’ health and comfort levels. 


Home Energy Saver™ Online Calculator and Recommendations 

The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) empowers homeowners and renters to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their homes. HES provides personalized recommendations of energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices.