Reducing energy consumption not only helps to save the environment, but can also save individuals money.
How to reduce our energy consumption is partly common sense, but is also being smart about our purchases.
Using some of the following ideas will not only help to reduce our energy consumption, but may put more money in our pocket.
1) Install or increase insulation in our homes -check for areas which were never insulated.
2) Regularly replace air filters in our furnace. Dirty filters will reduce the efficiency of a furnace.
3) On an annual basis, schedule a professional furnace cleaning and maintenance call.
4) Replace caulk and/or weather stripping to seal air leaks in doors and/or windows.
5) Research and buy the highest rated energy star appliances.
6) Switch out all light bulbs to compact florescent light bulbs
7) When leaving a room, turn the lights off.
8.) Keep our computer turned off when it’s not in use. Using the Smart Strip LCG5 Energy Saving Power Strip with Autoswitching Technology and Modem/Coaxial Surge Protection or unplugging it, will save even more.
9) Unplug all small appliances when not in use.
10) At home, dress in warmer clothes to avoid turning up the thermostat
11) When sleeping, lower our thermostat to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
12) Install an energy star programmable thermostat
13) When sitting, watching TV, and/or reading, have blankets and/or throws handy to use .
14) Use styrofoam vent “plugs”, to keep cold air from entering the crawl space of our home. When spring arrives, remove the vent plugs to allow air movement under our home. Save the vent plugs, as they are reusable for the future. (The can be purchased at most home improvement stores)
15) LED lights use very little energy. Use them where ever possible, e.g. Christmas or holiday lights, under the counter lights, etc.
16) Close heat vents in rooms that are not being used. Then, close the door to avoid heating an unused room
17) Purchase and use ceiling fans to push warm air down….heat rises. Reverse the fans in the summer to cool a room.
18) Take advantage of natural heat. Close window blinds when the sun sets. Open them in the morning to let the sun shine in. This will produce more light and natural heat.
19) On older windows, install storm windows, or use a protective barrier
20) Use cold water to wash clothes.
21) When shopping for a new washer, consider a front loading HE (high efficiency) model. They use less water, less detergent, and energy.
22) When drying clothes, use the automatic sensor. The dryer will shut off when the clothes are dry.
23) Turn down the temperature of our hot water heater
24) Use an insulating “blanket” for our hot water heater. They can be purchased in home improvement stores.
25) Use heavy drapes in the winter months to avoid cold air from “seeping in” from windows
26) For the summer months, adjust the thermostat on our air conditioner so it runs less often.
27) Planting shade trees will also help to keep our home cooler in the summer months.
28) Clean and/or change filters in our air conditioner to keep them running at their highest efficiency level.
29) Have our air conditioner professionally cleaned and serviced on an annual basis.
30) Close window blinds in the summer to keep our home cooler.
Using these tips could potentially lower our energy costs as well as reduce our energy consumption.
The savings are good for us and the reduction of energy consumption is good for the environment.
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