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Thursday, December 18, 2014

15 Energy Efficiency Tips That You Can Start Doing Today

Scarlet Paolicchi 

            

15 tipsWe all know that conserving energy is a good thing for the environment and our wallets. Often the hardest part about saving energy is realizing when and how you can do it. Here are 15 energy efficiency tips to help you start saving energy today!  

1.  Turn off the lights when you leave the room. This one is so simple but I still see lots of people who just leave lights burning all the time! Lighting accounts for about 17 percent of electricity use in homes and businesses according to the Energy Information Administration.

2.  When possible use natural lighting instead of turning on the lights.  

3.  Use energy-efficient light bulbs. An ENERGY STAR Certified Light Bulb uses about 70-90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

4.  Unplug battery chargers when not in use (they keep draining electricity as long as they are plugged in).

5.  Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

6.  Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry.

7.  Use cold water to wash your clothes. Heating water uses more electricity.

8.  Don't use the heated dry option on your dishwasher. Let them air dry.

9.  Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F.  

10.  Use a programmable thermostat to reduce energy consumption during times when you are not at home or are asleep.  According to ENERGY STAR, proper use of a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

11.  Use ways to stay warm without raising the thermostat settings. Just a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer can add to big savings in energy and money.

12.   Replace HVAC filters monthly to use less energy and keep your furnace working at peak performance.

13.  Close fireplace dampers when not in use so your heat doesn't rise right out of the house (don't forget to open them before use).

14.  Seal any air leaks or drafts in your house so your HVAC doesn't have to work harder than necessary.

15.  Close curtains and blinds when the sun goes down to help insulate and prevent heat loss.

There you have it―15 energy efficiency tips to help conserve energy and money! I hope they inspire you to make a few small changes―they really do add up.  

What additional tips can you share to help conserve energy and money? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, -Amelia from www.rahoy.com wrote

Thank you for sharing this article! While many people understand that turning off lights when not in use will help to conserve electricity, it's little things like unplugging battery chargers that many people do not know about. I will be sure to share this...thanks.

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