Cutting back on unnecessary energy usage around the house is an easy way to reduce energy consumption that also saves you money.
Here are some easy, budget-friendly changes you can make around the home, at no cost to you:
Energy Saving Tips
1. Dishwasher: use your dishwasher to clean dishes instead of doing them by hand, you’ll conserve water! Only run the dishwasher when it is fully loaded to use less water as well
2. Microwave: when cooking, using the microwave generates less heat and takes short amount of time to cook, making it the most efficient way to heat your food
Air Conditioner Filters
Replace your AC filters on a monthly basis to prevent dirt build-up. Dirt causes the airflow to be restricted which increases energy use and cost in the long run
Lighting and Electronics
1. Lights: be sure to tell your family to always turn off the lights when not in a room, this is an easy way to cut costs and energy use
2. Electronic Devices: unplug electronic devices and charges when you are not using them to save energy. Devices still use electricity when they are plugged in, even when they are switched off. Use a power strip for an easy and convenient way to make sure your devices are unplugged
Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are in the home, and 85 degrees when you leave, slowing the flow of heat in your home to save energy on air conditioning. Using a ceiling or room fan allows you to keep the thermostat higher while staying cool due to air movement around the room
1. Washing: use warm or cold water to wash your clothing, and always use cold water to rinse clothing
2. Drying: line dry clothes during the warm summer months if possible to reduce dryer use. When using the dryer, clean the lint trap after each wash to prevent fires and improve the machine’s efficiency
Energy Saving Investments
Replace your AC Unit: Invest in an Energy Star air conditioning unit. If you are in need of a new unit the upfront investment of a new, energy-efficient machine will cut costs in the long run
Install a Whole House Fan: A whole house fan is permanently installed in your attic. It simultaneously draws cool air in through the windows while forcing hot air out through attic vents. It is best to turn on the fan at sundown or in the early morning when the temperature outside is the most cool. The whole house fan will overall reduce your air conditioning use
Seal Ducts and Caulk Leaks: Check for air leakage around doors and windows, and use caulk/weather stripping to seal these openings off. Examine your ducts and if necessary have them repaired by a contractor. Leaking ductwork increases cooling costs within the home
Install Energy Star appliances: Replace any appliances and light bulbs with Energy Star products to ensure energy conservation. Energy Star light bulbs use 70-90% less energy than fluorescent and last for a longer period of time
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