Energy Saving Facts
There are a number of great steps you can take that will help keep your home comfortable while helping you save money and energy all year long.
Appliances & Electronics
- Did you know as much as 8 percent of your electric bill may be to power electronic devices you believed were off? Many home electronics such as computers, cable TV boxes, and televisions continue using power even when they are turned off. Plug these electronics into power strips and turn the strips off when the equipment is not in use.
- Think about switching to a new, modern washing machine. They use less water to get clothes just as clean and also spin faster, squeezing more water out and reducing drying time. They can save you $75 a year on your electric bill alone.
Refrigerators and Freezers
- Removing an old second refrigerator or freezer can save you up to $150 a year in energy costs.
- Refrigerators are usually the second biggest user of energy in a home. Help the refrigerator maintain its efficiency by regularly cleaning the coils at the back or bottom of the unit.
- A full freezer/refrigerator actually uses less electricity. If necessary, stock the empty space with filled plastic water bottles.
- Check the seal on refrigerator door by closing the door over a dollar bill or slip of paper. If you can pull it out easily, clean or replace the seal.
- If you aren't in the room, turn off the lights - either by flicking the switch or unplugging the light entirely.
- Replacing just five light bulbs in high-traffic areas with energy efficient compact florescent bulbs you can save up to $60 a year. A single CFL can save up to $50 over its lifetime.
More Great Tips
- Well thought out plantings can cut your summer cooling and winter heating costs dramatically. For summer shading, plant trees on the south and west sides of your home. Prune off lower branches as the trees get taller, so the lower winter sun can shine under and help warm the house. Also, don’t use evergreens. They also shade the house all winter.
- An easy way to manage energy costs and save money year round is to turn your water heater down to 120 degrees. If you have children in your home, this is also an important safety measure.
- Weather-stripping drafty doors and windows can reduce your heating bill by 10 percent.
- Repair and seal heating and cooling ducts. Leaky ducts account for about 40 percent of all heating and cooling losses.
- Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.