Top 20 Easy Energy Savings Tips.
Energy efficiency can save you money, but to do so effectively involves more than just using less energy. Here are some top tips to help you become more energy efficient.
- To reduce your A/C costs during the warmer months, use fans and keep those doors, windows and shades closed during the day to reduce incoming heat.
- Instead of overhead lights, use desktop lamps with CFL's.
- If possible, wash your clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes to heating the water.
- Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks and adding insulation can save up to 20% on home heating and cooling costs.
- Clean or replace all filters in your home once a month. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
- Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking! The microwave uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
- To ensure your appliances are running efficiently, defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick.
- Close blinds, shades and drapes during the day to keep the house cooler.
- Don't peek in the oven while baking! Every time you peek, the temperature drops 25 degrees and requires additional energy to bring the temperature back up.
- Control your fixtures with a photocell or a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation of outdoor lights.
- Don't leave your computer on all day long. Only turn on your computer, monitor, printer and fax machine when you need them.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Using your ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort.
- Set your thermostat to 78F in the summer and 68F in the winter. Every degree of extra heating or cooling will increase energy usage 6% to 8%.
- Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible.
- Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM, and reduce the chance of an emergency.
- Don't leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside.
- Adjust the thermostat in small degree changes. Your home won't heat or cool faster by cranking it up.
- Turn off the oven for 10-15 minutes before cooking time runs out. Your food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.
- Don't leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight, it only takes a couple of hours to charge.
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