Saving Energy by Patrick J. Galvin Home builders know that when it comes to saving energy, it all starts with the way they build and insulate a house. But when most consumers think of saving energy, they look to the kitchen and bathroom. After all, this is where the major energy-users (appliances, plumbing fixtures and ventilating equipment) are highly visible. But the fact is that a lot of energy can be saved in kitchens and bathrooms. And since sales of new houses relate directly to what consumers think—in other words, energy savings in kitchens and baths are big selling points— featuring energy-efficient kitchens and baths can help clinch a sale. What the Statistics Show According to the U.S. Department of Energy