Energy Saving Tips
Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy in your home.· Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer. Turn your thermostat down while sleeping, during the day when gone, and when on vacation.· Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label. They cost a little more, but you can save about $50 over the life of just one bulb.· Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle. Wash only full loads of dishes.· Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.· Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).· Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.· Take short showers instead of baths. Install low-flow shower heads.· Wash only full loads of clothes on cold cycle, air dry.· Replace your furnace filter regularly. Dirty filters reduce airflow making equipment less efficient.· Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.· Check for air drafts throughout your home weather-strip doors, cover drafty windows (up to 15% of heat can escape through unprotected windows), add extra insulation (primarily in crawl spaces and attics).
Visit http://www.energysavers.gov/ for more energy-saving ideas.