According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the residential sector is responsible for 21% of total U.S. energy consumption.1 With this being the case, the choices that residential energy users make in their homes have a real and sizable impact on our larger energy landscape and will play an essential role in meeting our national energy goals.
As of the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) most recent 2015 data set, the figure to the right2 is what that energy use looks like in your daily life. Notice that space heating, space cooling, and water heating make up over half of a home's energy use by themselves. As heating and cooling systems are such large consumers of energy, the efficient design, use, and maintenance of these systems plays a role of great importance in substantially reducing energy use in home. These systems are a great first place to look for homeowners looking to maximize their energy savings through improvements.