8 Ways to Save Energy at Home
We could all agree that saving a little more cash on your utility bills would be nice. But maybe you’ve heard living energy efficient would take a whole lot of time, effort, and money you simply can’t afford? In such unprecedented times there has to be a way to tip the scales in your favor without breaking the bank. We thought the same thing and compiled a list of simple low-cost and no-cost energy solutions that are easy to do to save energy at home.
1. Reduce Energy Waste with Smart Power Strips
Devices that continue to draw power when they appear to be turned off can cost up to $200 a year in wasted energy. Fight this by regularly unplugging your devices, or let a smart power strip do the work for you. The features of advanced power strips make it easier than ever to ensure devices are fully powered down.
Learn more about smart strips equipped with motion sensors, voltage sensitivity controls and master switches, and easily learn which model is right for you.
2. Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System
The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that going to heating and cooling. A well maintained system can save a lot. Change your air filter regularly, and have a professional perform scheduled tune-ups.
3. Set Your Refrigerator for Optimum Cooling and Freshness
ENERGY STAR® recommends a temperature range between 35° and 38°F to keep food fresh while not wasting energy.
4. Use the Cold Water Cycle in Your Washing Machine
Washing your clothes in cold water saves big on water heating costs. It also keeps colors from fading and clothes from shrinking.
5. Seal Your Windows and Doors
Use caulk and weather stripping to seal air leaks around windows and doors. Homeowners save an average of $200 per year on heating and cooling by better insulating and sealing their homes.
6. Save the Game Console for Gaming
If you stream content to your TV, use a dedicated set-top box, smart TV or streaming-capable Blu-ray player. Game consoles use far more energy than these alternatives.
7. Heat your Water to 120°F
At an average of $250 a year, water heating is the second largest energy cost for most households. Don’t overheat your water only to mix it with cold. 120°F will give you hot showers while saving energy too.
8. Upgrade Your Homes Lighting
Light your home with ENERGY STAR certified LED bulb, the simple choice for energy efficiency. LED lighting is the simple option to save energy, money and protect the planet for future generations.
Additional resources can be found under “Energy Efficiency Tips for Homeowners” by the Consumers Energy