Saving energy does a lot more than just save you a little money over time. It can also bring comfort and peace of mind. Knowing you’re doing all you can to reduce your energy usage can lead to a comfier home. Here are 5 easy tips to get you started.
1. Replace standard light bulbs with LEDs. LEDs not only give you better light, they use 90% less energy and last 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Best of all, they’ll save you more than $50 in energy costs over the life of just one bulb! And don’t forget: Turn off all lights when you leave the room.
2. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats adjust the temperature automatically based on the schedule you set and the comfort level you desire. Plus, they help reduce heating and cooling costs by an average of $100 a year. Click here to see how you could get one for free.
3. Wash clothes in cold water. Most of the energy used by washing machines comes from heating the hot water. By washing clothes with cold water, you can get them just as clean at a fraction of the cost. Bonus tip: Reduce your water heater’s temperature to 120° F to reduce energy even further.
4. Use a smart power strip. Did you know that electronic devices use electricity even when they’re turned off? Plug energy-draining appliances (like audio and video equipment) into a smart power strip and switch it off when not in use.
5. Buy ENERGY STAR® Looking to upgrade your appliances? Look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR appliances will save you energy and money all year long.<
These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. Click here for more energy-savings and comfort-boosting tips you can use year-round.