With the weather heating up, are you doing everything you can to cut down on your energy usage and save money? Through a little effort and handiwork around your home, you can see your energy savings climb. Here are tips to help you put a little savings in your wallet this Spring and Summer:
In the Kitchen
• Cook with your microwave when you can. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
• Rather than using your stove or oven, consider lighting up your grill and barbequing your food and vegetables.
• Only run your dishwasher when it is fully loaded and turn off the dry cycle so dishes can air dry instead.
• Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold
water to rinse clothes.
• Run full loads when using the washing machine or dryer.
• Line dry clothes whenever you can.
Around the House
• Turn up your thermostat. Set the furnace at 68 degrees or lower, and the air-conditioner thermostat at 78
degrees or higher, health permitting. Three-to-five percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is
set above 68 degrees and for each degree the air conditioner is set below 78 degrees.
• Use ceiling or room fans; the air movement will help cool the room.
• Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use.
• Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they are not in use, even when switched “off.”
• Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don’t really need it. This will save you up to
$150 per year!
• Clean or replace air conditioner filters regularly, following manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty filters restrict
airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use.
• Plug your home’s leaks by sealing, caulking or weather-stripping doors and windows.
• Replace your incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent bulbs.
• When replacing major household appliances or windows, choose ENERGY STAR® models.
• Fix dripping faucets. A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. This
increases water bills as well as the gas or electric bill for heating the water.
• Install energy-saver showerheads.
Outside the House
• Install patio covers, awnings and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun.
• Strategically plant trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home.
• Place solar control window films on your glass windows and doors to help conserve energy when it gets warm.
Any tips that you can share?