Energy Savings Tips for your Home
By becoming energy efficient, you not only reduce your utility bills and increase your indoor comfort, but you also help the environment. Here are some simple ways you can become more energy and cost efficient.
- Turn your thermostat down. For every one degree you turn it down, you’ll save about 3% off your heating cost.
- Turn off lights as you leave the rooms. Lighting, cooking, and other appliances account for about 33% of a home’s energy bill. Using them less saves you money.
- Microwave foods rather than use the oven. It takes less time to microwave and therefore takes less power.
- Wash only full loads.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater. Water heating typically accounts for 14% of your utility bill. You may be paying to heat it to a higher temperature than you really need.
- Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. If you replace just 25% of your lights in high-use areas with fluorescence, you can save about 50% of your lighting energy bill. Cost $7 - $20 per bulb.
- Wrap your water heater with a water heater-insulating blanket. This is one of the cheapest ways to save money fast. It may pay for itself in 3-6 months. Cost: $10 - $15.
- Insulate the first three feet of hot AND cold water pipes going into the water heater. The pipes going into your water heater conduct heat out of the heater and into the air just like a spoon in a cup of hot coffee. Foam pipe wraps are cheap, easy to install, and control the heat loss from metal pipes. Cost: $2.50
- Seal around windows and doors. Poorly sealed houses allow heated or cooled air to escape through gaps.
- Caulking reduces uncomfortable drafts, and high utility bills. Cost: $10 - $25.
- Go to www.eere.energy.gov. This web site has lots of great information at no charge. "Random weatherizing" — that is, investing in home improvements without a plan, can sometimes cost you more money than you’ll save in reduced energy bills.
- Find out more about energy savings. Here are a few web sites to check out: www.ase.org/consumer and aceee.org/consumerguide