Easy Low-Cost and No-Cost Ways to Save Energy in Your Home
Are you looking to put money towards a family vacation or have a romantic night out with your spouse or significant other? Are you looking for extra money for the upcoming Christmas Season? If so, you’ll want to check out these easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy and money, courtesy of the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Initiative. These may lead to your saving a few hundred dollars and putting the money towards something you “want.”
1. Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer. In addition, have your heating system inspected and serviced annually by a commercial heating technician who is an expert in heating repair services. By getting a professional furnace repair you avoid costly replacements later on.
2. Use energy efficient light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
3. Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
4. Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
5. Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
6. Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F. If your water heater isn’t working properly, it may be using more energy than usual so you need to contact a water heater repair contractor immediately.
7. Take short showers instead of baths.
8. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
9. Caulk, seal, and weather strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside.
10. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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