Save Substantial Energy With Small Household Changes

Save Substantial Energy With Small Household Changes

It doesn’t take a home renovation to realise substantial savings on your energy bill. Small, inexpensive changes around the house can yield a surprising return on investment, as one system analyst found.

Gordon Hudson wanted to make his home more energy efficient and save money in the process. The efforts of he and his wife, documented at the computer enthusiast blog Extreme Tech, are an excellent case study in how incremental change can have a big effect.

Gordon’s day job is designing and building analytical systems; approaching his home as a system to be studied and improved upon, therefore, wasn’t a huge leap. The first things Gordon and his wife did in a quest to lower their energy use were the obvious things most people would attack first: consciously turning the lights off, turning down the thermostat in the winter, taking colder showers. After a year of sweater wearing and cold showers they had only reduced their energy consumption by a mere 6%, which is a great rate of return for a savings account, but a terrible one when the price is a year of shivering post-shower moments.

The end result of their incremental efforts over several years was a drop of over 50% in their energy bill. The return on investment for their minor home improvements was under five years, a great return for a project with such a high rate of savings! For more details, pictures, and charts check out the full write up at the link below. If you have your own story about saving energy, share it in the comments below and help your fellow readers shave down their bills. Going Green—One Step at a Time [Extreme Tech]


  • Hi all,

    While I am flattered to be reported here, there may be a few slight misunderstandings, exaggerations or omissions. If anyone is interested in seeing my PowerPoint presentation about “How We Greened-Up,” please email me at Gordon-at-GSHudson-dot-com

    Best regards,

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