Energy Efficiency Tips with Big Savings
Heating and cooling accounts for a large percentage of the energy use in a typical home. Whether you are living in one of our brand new homes or renting an older home, we have gathered some ways to get started saving money.
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. Your heating system will operate less and use less energy. Studies show that you can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling by simply adjusting your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. Even better, invest in a programmable thermostat. According to ENERGY STAR; proper use of a programmable thermostat can save you significantly and make the adjustments much easier!
Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Water heating is usually the second largest utility expense in your home. You can cut your water heater bill by (1) use less hot water (2) turn down the thermostat on your water heater (3) insulate your water heater
Utilize window coverings. In the winter, close window coverings in rooms that receive no direct sunlight to insulate from cold window drafts. At night close all window coverings to retain heat. In the summer, close window coverings when the sun is brightest
Use cold water to wash clothes. ENERGY STAR reports that washing clothes in cold water will save you about $30-40 a year in hot water.
Replace your furnace filter regularly. Dirty filters reduce-airflow, making your equipment have to work extra hard and use more energy. Replace your furnace filter per mfg. recommendations.
Install LED lightbulbs. Yes, they cost a little bit more, but you can save over the life of the lightbulb. Plus you don’t have to change them as frequently.
Install high efficiency showerheads and faucets. Modern faucets use 40% less water than faucets prior to 1995. Replacing faucets with new models can significantly cut back on your water bill and hot water energy usage