Ten Energy Savings Tips You Can Implement Right Away
In this day and age, everyone is concerned about saving money. Every time you cut your expenses by $10.00, it is the same as you earning $10.00 more. It is difficult and costly to make major energy savings upgrades in your home such as adding insulation in the attic, putting in dual-pane windows or replacing your HVAC system. While such upgrades will definitely save you money over the long-term…..they cost thousands of dollars to install.
However, there are numerous steps you can take to lower your energy consumption that will result in substantial energy savings with only a nominal cost associated with that effort. Below are Ten Energy Saving Tips that we recommend you consider. They are listed in no particular order but all of them are worthy of consideration!
- Raise your thermostat to lower your electricity usage. For every degree you set your thermostat below 78 F, expect a 5-7% increase in your cooling costs during the warmer months.
- Install a programmable thermostat. These are ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week and can save you hundreds of dollars every year in energy costs.
- Lower the thermostat of your water heater to 120 F.
- Check your air filter every month, especially during heavy use months in the winter and summer. At a minimum, change the filter every three months.
- When you are not in a room or home, turn things off such as lights, TV’s, entertainment systems and your computer/monitor to save energy
- By replacing your homes five most frequently used light bulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives such as LED lighting or by using programmable electric outlets to manage those lights, you can save between $40.00 and $135.00 per bulb, over its lifetime!
- Energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CLFs) are the most affordable way to provide high-quality, high-efficiency lighting throughout your home. CFLs last about six to 12 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Replace your washer if it’s 10 years old or more with an energy –efficient model and you can save more than $100 each year on your utility bills. That’s like getting your high efficiency (HE) detergent free year round.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide label on light bulbs, home appliances and electronics. The ENERGY STAR® label is the government’s seal of energy efficiency.
- Enable power management features on your home computer and monitor. Plug home electronics, such as TV’s and DVD players into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. Programmable outlets and power strips are an even better option
Some of our recommendations require you to upgrade equipment, bulbs or outlets while others only require you to make adjustments to your current equipment or thermostats. In any case, there is always room for improvement and energy savings help the environment and it helps your pocketbook!