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Energy Savings

Energy saving tips for your home

You can save money on your next electric bill by following these simple tips. Some are easy as changing a light bulb, while others require a little more time or investment.

Lighting:

      • Save around $5 a year for every incandescent bulb you replace with a compact fluorescent bulb.
      • Use low-watt LED night lights instead of standard bulbs. They are more efficient, cooler to the touch and last ten times longer.
      • Turn off decorative outdoor natural gas lamps. Just eight such lamps use enough energy to heat an entire home for one winter.

HVAC:

      • Change your furnace filter every month for a 5% annual savings. If your monthly electric bill is $100, that’s a $5 savings every month.
      • Turn down your thermostat. You will save as much as 2% on your energy costs for every degree you adjust your thermostat.

Appliances:

      • You spend about $50 a year on energy to cook food. Consider a cool pasta salad or other cold item for dinner and save. In the summer months, your savings are two-fold because you are not adding heat to your home that you have to compensate for with added air conditioning.
      • Keep that fridge door closed! You spend around $64 a year on refrigeration. Also, investing in an ENERGY STAR appliance will save you even more.

Water Heaters:

  • Lower your thermostat. A 10-degree reduction in your setting will save about 5% on your water heating costs. About 15% of your energy use goes to water heating.
  • Shorten your shower! About 40% of your water heating costs is for showers.

Other Water Heater Energy Facts:

  • 40% of energy consumption is used in the shower/bath
  • 26% of energy consumption is used by the clothes washer
  • 14 % of energy consumption is used by the dishwasher
  • 11% of energy consumption is used in the sink

Windows:

  • More than 25% of your home’s heat is lost through windows. Follow these tips to help save on heating and cooling costs.
  • In the winter, draw your curtains at night to help keep the cold air outside and the warm air inside. During the day, open them so the sun can help heat your home.

Air Leaks:

  • Make a list of obvious air leaks (drafts) concentrate your search around windows and doors.
  • Reducing drafts by weather sealing can save anywhere from 5% to 30% per year in heating and cooling costs.
  • Make sure you have at least 12-inches of insulation in your attic.

Some interesting numbers:

  • Refrigeration costs around $64 per year to operate (1,137 kWh per year)
  • Cooking costs around $50 per year to operate (898 kWh per year)
  • Washer costs around $4 per year to operate (78 kWh per year)
  • Dryer costs around $34 per year to operate (611 kWh per year)
  • Computer costs around $25 per year to operate (460 kWh per year)
  • VCR-DVD costs around $7 per year to operate (117 kWh per year)
  • Plasma TV costs around $104 per year to operate (1037 kWh per year)
  • LCD TV cost around $45 per year to operate (453 kWh per year)
  • Standard 35 inch picture tube cost $28 per year to operate (287kWh per year)

 

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