Ways to Save Money and the Environment

  1. Turn off the lights. When you leave a room or if you can open the blinds save the lights and save energy.
  2. Use cold water. Not to bathe, but to wash your clothes. Using full loads with cold water will cut down energy consumption dramatically. Much of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. There are special “cold water” detergents available at your grocery store.
  3. Close off unused room doors along with their ducts. That guest room or in home office can be closed to cut down on total square feet to be cooled or heated. Open the room 15-30 minutes before you plan to use it.
  4. Keep the sun out! Close blinds and drapes, install awnings if it’s reasonable. Don’t lose use of your windows, but cut down on direct sunlight during peak hours to see the benefit.
  5. Seal leaks. Windows and doors are obvious culprits but how much attention are you paying to your duct work? It accounts for the majority of house leaks. Professional HVAC technicians can help find these leaks. Make sure to find a certified contractor and ask about specials. Some dealers carry discounts or offer free inspections. Doesn’t hurt to ask.
  6. Invest in weather-stripping kits if you’ve got drafty doors.
    Install energy efficient ceiling fans. Or use an energy efficient portable fan.
  7. Fans are best at cooling you, not the room temperature. So take care to turn fans off when you’re not around.
  8. Paint your house a light color. Just like with clothes, cars and asphalt dark attracts and absorbs heat.
  9. Landscape. Reduce cooling costs by 30% with nature. Be extra eco-friendly and stick to indigenous trees and shrubs for desired shade. Don’t OVER
  10. Landscape. Ensure adequate space around your AC unit for dispensing heated air from your house.
  11. Tint your windows. This helps reduce heat absorption without blocking natural light.
  12. Grill-out. Your oven and stove aren’t just making you hot! They’re heating the house making your AC work overtime. However, in winter ovens can give your heating unit a hand.
  13. Remove air vent obstructions. Shelves, boxes, beds, etc should be moved from blocking vents.
  14. Windows don’t allow circulation when closed, neither do air vents.
  15. Ventillation moves the air which is good for your home year round.
  16. Get a home energy audit every couple of years. Believe it or not your power company can help you cut costs.
  17. Participate in your power company’s special energy-saving programs.
  18. Some programs shut down electric appliances for short bursts of time during peak hours. You hardly notice the difference, except in your energy bill.
  19. Check with your utility company about rebates. Some companies offer rebates when energy-saving equipment is installed.
  20. Turn down your home thermostat two (2) degrees. Save 24 kilowatt hours per month. It might not sound like a lot, but it adds up and you’ll hardly notice a difference in comfort level.
  21. Buy a programmable thermostat, especially if you aren’t home most of the day. Set it to turn on a half hour before anyone normally arrives home.
  22. Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and wait. Making major adjustments wastes energy and increases costs. Maybe it’s your body temperature that’s not not the house. Let your body temperature adjust before reaching for the thermostat.
  23. Lower your water heater thermostat by 10 degrees, but no lower than 120 degrees. This gives you all the hot water you need and saves 25 kilowatts per month.
  24. Fix leaky faucets – one drip per second equals 20 kilowatts per month.
  25. Change your bulbs. Compact fluorescent (CF) bulbs are more energy-efficient, last for years instead of months, consume very little power and generate little heat. Incandescent bulbs are a waste. (Warning: CF bulbs shouldnever be placed on a dimmer)
  26. Turn off your computer when not in use or, at the very least change it to energy-saving “sleep” mode.
  27. Buy Energy Star rated appliances when replacing your old appliances.
  28. Energy Star shows the appliance meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of
  29. Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency standards.
  30. Consider a front loading washing machine. Use 50% less energy and one-third the water by front loading. Plus, these styles remove more water during the spin cycle which translates into energy savings for your dryer.

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