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Interested in simple ways to save energy? Here are some great tips for saving energy in your home all year long.
Properly insulate your home. Heating and cooling use 50-70% of energy in the home. Proper insulation in your home can significantly lower your energy costs.
Update your windows to help retain heat during the winter and properly cool your home in the summer. In the Northeast, take advantage of low-e windows for high solar heat gain. Try insulating drapes to help heat and cool your home.
Reduce the amount of energy you use to heat water. Solar thermal water heaters are efficient and cost effective. Also, make sure your water heater is well insulated, lower your water thermostat, and install low-flow showerheads.
Compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs use up to 75% less energy and last 10 times as long as regular light bulbs. If every American used just one EnergyStar light bulb we could save more than $600 million in energy costs alone.
Update your appliances to Energy Star certified appliances. Replacing older models with more energy efficient models can truly add to your savings. Frost-free freezers use about 1,150 kWh/year while manual defrost freezers use only 725 kWh/year.
Laptops consume a lot less power than desktops, so consider a laptop upon your next computer upgrade. Always turn your computer off when it’s not in use, and use one power strip for your computer cords that can be turned off when not in use.
Unplug any home electronics that aren’t in use. Stereos, DVD players, and other equipment can consume up to 75% of their power when turned off but not unplugged.
Walk or bike to work, or carpool with co-workers to save on energy costs. Several states and cities offer financial incentives for carpoolers including gas cards and premium parking.
Take advantage of beautiful weather. When it’s cool during the summer, turn off the AC and open a window. Warm fall days should allow you to turn off your heat and open a window as well. Put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat and turn your thermostat down a couple of degrees.
Hang you clothes out to dry during the summer. You will avoid unnecessarily heating your home when the dryer is on, and save money while the dryer is turned off.