We’ve put together a few simple suggestions to help you reduce the amount of electricity wasted in your home, as well as tips for businesses, home lighting and cooling, and other energy saving resources.
Turn down your thermostat during winter months, and turn it up during summer months. A difference of even two degrees can have an impact on your heating and cooling costs. If you haven’t already, install a programmable thermostat. The average consumer can save $180 in energy costs over the course of a year.
Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140°F, most households usually only require them to be set at 120°F. For each 10°F reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3 percent and 5 percent in energy costs.
Install water flow restrictors and aerators on sink and laundry tub faucets. These measures save money by reducing heated water use – and minimizes the burden on your water heater.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use about 70 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Because the average household has more than 40 light sockets, the savings can really add up.
Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. Don’t underestimate the energy savings by turning off or unplugging seldom-used televisions, stereos, and computers.
Standby power, or electricity used by electronic items that are turned off, can cost approximately $5 per month in the average home. Unplug anything that displays a light or clock when the equipment is turned off.
Each season offers opportunities for energy savings. Cut your energy costs throughout the year with these helpful tips.
Strategically-placed trees and shrubs can save up to 25 percent of a typical home’s heating and cooling energy usage. Plant to shade both west-facing and east-facing windows, and avoid planting near power lines.
Install ceiling fans to reduce air conditioning costs. Ceiling fans keep the house at a comfortable temperature, even with the thermostat set at 78°F. You’ll save 3 to 5 percent on air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.
Air moves in and out of your home through even the smallest openings. About one-third of this air moves through openings in your ceilings, walls, and floors. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows. Seal air leaks where plumbing, duct work, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, flows, and ceilings.
Install a smart thermostat to keep your home comfortable during the heating season, as well as the cooling season in summer. You can program your smart thermostat from your computer, tablet, or smartphone from any location, whether you’re across the room or across the country.
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