An Energy–Efficient Home

The screen shows a cutout side view of the inside of a house. Several parts of the house are clickable.

  1. If you click the roof, you'll see a popup that says: “Roofs. Light–colored roofs help keep homes cool by reflecting sunlight.”
  2. If you click the outside walls, which are filled with insulation, you'll see a popup that says: “Building Materials. Good insulation can reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and air conditioning.”
  3. If you click the furnace in the basement, you'll see a popup that says: “Heating and Cooling. Some furnaces and air conditioners are more energy–efficient than others. When buying one of these items, look for a model with the ENERGY STAR label.”
  4. If you click one of the lamps in the bedroom or living room, you'll see a popup that says: “Lighting. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light–emitting diodes (LEDs) last longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs.”
  5. If you click the bathroom fixtures, the dishwasher, or the washing machine, you'll see a popup that says: “Water Use. It takes energy to treat water and deliver it to your home, and it also takes energy to turn it into hot water. Water–efficient dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, and shower heads help save energy and water.”
  6. If you click the trees next to the house, you'll see a popup that says: “Landscaping. Trees and plants can provide natural cooling and shade.”
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