A growing trend in the power industry is towards distributed generation. Distributed generation involves placing small, modular generators close to where the power is used, which helps utilities defer or eliminate costly investments in transmission and distribution system upgrades, and provide customers with better quality, more reliable energy supplies and a cleaner environment.
To achieve the next level of sustainability, one might consider buying green power or generating one's own clean energy on-site. Generating one's own power should only be considered, however, after all energy-saving measures have been implemented. It is cheaper and more efficient to reduce energy use in the first place rather than generate it.
Energy Consumption by Household AppliancesAccording to U.S. Department of Energy -- A Consumers Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy --
In a typical U.S. home, the appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20 percent of the energy bill.
For Energy Consumption by appliance -- see Typical Wattages of Various Appliances --Alphabetical Listing by Appliance Name -- in the section on Fixtures & Furnishings.
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