9 Energy Saving Facts
With growing concerns about rising energy costs, more and more attention is being drawn to ways customers can improve the energy efficiency of their own homes. According to the US Department of Energy, here are some simple steps that can add up to big savings on your electric bill.
- Lower your thermostat. Setting your thermostat back 7-10°F from the normal setting during the day or when you’re away can cut your annual heating/cooling bill by 10 percent.
- Change five lights. Switching to Light Emitting Diode (LED) Energy Star Rated bulbs in just five of your most used fixtures can save you up to $75 a year in electricity – and the bulbs last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent!
- Keep it clean. Clean or replace your furnace or heat pump filters monthly to keep air flowing freely.
- Seek the Star. Home electronics and appliances with the Energy Star symbol save at least 20 percent in energy costs over regular ones.
- A little cooler. Ceiling fans make your air conditioner's work easier when they spin counter-clockwise. A ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Make sure your fans are moving in the right direction before temps go up.
- Cover your dishes. Uncovered foods release moisture, making your refrigerator’s compressor work harder.
- Check the seal. Close your refrigerator door over a piece of paper. If the paper pulls out easily, cold air is escaping, and you may need to replace the seal or adjust the latch.
- Get in tune. Having a professional clean and check your heating and cooling system every season will keep it operating efficiently and reduce the chance of failure when you need it most.
- Dodge that draft. Visually inspect the inside and outside of your house for areas where two different types of material come together or where there are gaps and cracks.