Save Energy Throughout Your Home
Try one (or all) of these simple tips to save on electricity costs throughout your entire home!
- Ditch the incandescent bulbs. Only 10 percent of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is used for light. The rest just heats the bulb.
- Switch to CFLs. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs last 10 times longer than incandescent lights and use just a quarter of the energy.
- Or try LEDs. LED light bulbs are the most efficient option on the market. They are 75 percent more efficient and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
- Don’t leave lights on for your pet. Lights disrupt your pet’s sleep schedule and waste your hard-earned dollars. Turn the lights off when you’re not home.
- Use motion sensor lights outside. These lights will automatically turn on when you need them and off when you don’t.
- Turn down your hot water heater. Many hot water heaters come preset at 140 degrees, but that’s much hotter than you actually need. Turn the dial down to 120 degrees to save.
- Make your water heater more efficient. Wrap an insulating blanket around your hot water heater. You’ll reduce heat loss by 25 to 45 percent.
- Limit hot water heating. Install a timer on your hot water heater to turn it off during low usage times, when you’re at work, sleeping or traveling.
- Rearrange your furniture. Make sure none of the furniture in your home is blocking an air vent so your heating and cooling can flow easily through your house.
- Unplug unused electronics. Electronic devices can still use energy when they are switched off. Unplug them completely and you could save up to $100/year according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Shut your computer down. Leaving it in standby mode still uses electricity and costs you money.