The typical Minnesota household uses about 209 million BTUs of energy every year to operate a home - for heating, cooling, cooking, lighting, and powering devices and equipment. About 70% of this energy use is related to heating, cooling, or water heating; the balance (30%) is for appliances, lighting, and electronics.
Aside from gas cook stoves and ovens, most of the energy used by appliances, lighting, and electronics is in the form of electricity. Because the majority of electricity consumed in this state comes from carbonintensive coal-fired power plants, reducing our electrical consumption will also reduce the potential emissions from these sources.
Energy Use - In Minnesota, about 30% of the energy use in a typical household goes toward operating appliances, lighting, and electronics.
Along with lowered energy use, maintaining existing equipment and upgrading to more efficient models can provide further benefits:
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps save money and protect the environment through energy- efficient products and practices.
Many appliances, lighting products, and electronics can earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting these energy-efficiency requirements:
When shopping for appliances, lighting, and electronics, always look for the ENERGY STAR label. To find qualifying products or to compare performance of several products that are ENERGY STAR labeled, go to energystar.gov.