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Energy Consumption vs. Conservation

Written by Sean Jackson

Edited by Hannah Whatley

Last updated 10/05/2023

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Key Points

  • Energy consumption is the measurement of how much power you’re using.
  • Energy conservation are actions you take to lower energy consumption.
  • Your local utility might have rebate programs in place to let you buy LED lighting and smart thermostats for less than their retail price.
  • To reduce your energy use further, shop for ENERGY STAR appliances, use a smart thermostat to raise the temperature when you’re away from home, and unplug larger appliances when not in use.
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