Fraunhofer CSE Shines a Light on Energy Efficiency Day 2017

October 5th is Energy Efficiency Day 2017. On this day, for the second year in a row, a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others join together to showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. Fraunhofer CSE is proud to be an #EEDay2017 advocate!

Energy efficiency is a core focus at Fraunhofer CSE and we are consistently striving to make a valuable and lasting impact with our work. In the spirit of #EEDay2017, below is a list of some of our 2017 publications and presentations on energy efficiency:

Being proud to call Boston our home, we also share examples of why the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts tout some of the highest energy efficiency ratings in the country:

Don’t work in Energy Efficiency on a daily basis? No problem! There are many ways individuals and businesses can join the overall EEDay effort:

  1. Make The Switch To LEDs. LEDs are a great example of how innovation and technology can make your life easier. They last up to 25 times longer and consume 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.

    Tip: By switching just five of your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR™-certified LEDs, it’s possible to save 9% on energy costs annually. Good news is, LED adoption in the United States increased from 13 million to 78 million in just two years. Make sure you are part of this group too!

  2. Seal Those Leaks. On average, heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy consumption. In fact, all the little leaks can be equivalent to leaving open a 3-foot-by-3-foot window.

    Tip: Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors and you can save up to 20% on heating costs.

  3. Heat And Cool Efficiently. Don’t waste money heating or cooling an empty home. Install a programmable thermostat and schedule your home’s heat to lower (or raise cooling temp) when you are away or asleep, and turn back up (down) when you are returning home or waking-up.

    Tip: Follow the U.S. Department of Energy recommended temperatures and be energy-efficient all year.

  4. Maintain Your HVAC System. Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm and costing you more money.

    Tip: Consider getting a winter tune-up. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a semi-annual or yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency, saving you money and making your home more comfortable.

  5. Look For The ENERGY STAR™ Label. ENERGY STAR™ is the simple choice for energy efficiency. Available across more than 70 product categories, the blue label makes it easy to find products that have been independently certified to use less energy.

    Tip: If you are undertaking a major home remodel or new build, consider installing ENERGY STAR™-certified HVAC equipment and windows. ENERGY STAR™-labeled windows can cut heating costs by as much as 30% compared to single-pane windows, while increasing indoor comfort and lessening fading of home furnishings.

Join us and the countless others to become an #EEDay2017 advocate and take action today! For more info on Fraunhofer CSE’s overall energy efficiency efforts, visit cse.fraunhofer.org.

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Lindsey Dillon is Fraunhofer CSE’s Marketing Manager. She is responsible for all marketing collateral and CSE’s outreach and social media communications.
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