Saving energy is a way we can all look to make an impact on the planet, as well as our monthly pocket books.
Here are a few tips:
–Turn Off the TV. Okay, well, when you’re not watching it. For every hour that you leave your TV on while no one is watching, it wastes energy. So, turn it off! And, teach the kids to do the same.
–Install a Programmable Thermostat. If you don’t already have one, get one. Installing a programmable thermostat can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs by efficiently keeping your home heated and cooled at temps which correlate with with you’re home and away.
–Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances. Look for the ENERGY STAR label. These refrigerators use at least 20% less energy than other models.
–Be Mindful of Sunlight. Keep the summer sunshine at bay when you’re at work all day by closing the blinds. During the winter, open them to allow the warm rays of sunshine to enter your home.
–Change the Bulbs. Energy-efficient halogens, CFLs and LEDs offer incredible savings.
–Replace Your Filter. Dirty furnace or A/C filters slow down air flow and make your heating and cooling system work harder to keep your home comfortable.
–Seal Window Leaks. As we prepare for fall and winter, check your windows. Caulk any places where you have air loss. Proper insulation can save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills…and will keep you comfortable in your home.
–Turn Off the Lights. It seems so simple. And it is. When you’re not in a room or not at home, turn off the lights. Doing this day after day will make your energy use less.
These simple solutions can make big differences not only in your home’s energy use, but in helping our planet!