The residential sector includes single-family detached and attached homes, apartments, and mobile homes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, housing unit sizes and the saturation of appliance energy use have increased in recent decades. With the demand for electricity on the rise, implementing best practices to ensure energy savings in residences has become even more important.
This toolkit provides you with the initial steps you can take to start assessing energy savings potential in your residence. You can explore our case studies below to learn more.
The following fact sheets will point you towards some key areas for energy and cost savings in your building. The sheets include statistics, tips, and guides on a variety of energy-saving topics throughout the residential sector. The fact sheets cover:
- Energy Usage in the Residential Sector
- Energy Usage and Savings Tips
- Energy Consumption for Small Appliances
For the residential sector, we offer free calculators for the following:
The case studies provide examples of savings achieved in other residences.
- DOE Tour of Zero: Air Park Drive by Addison Homes
- DOE Tour of Zero: Eco-Friendly Home by Ferguson Design & Construction Inc.
- DOE Tour of Zero: Northstone Bungalow by Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley
- MorningStar Solar Home Creating Conversations, Legacy
- Passive House – The New American Foursquare
- Projects from Penn State’s Energy Efficient Housing Research Group – GreenBuild
For more information about saving energy throughout your facility, visit the following:
- Energy Toolkit Glossary
- ENERGY STAR®
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Energy Efficiency Incentives
- Penn State Housing Research Center
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County
This project was funded by the Metropolitan Edison Company/Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund. For more information about their programs, go to their website here.