Home Energy Conservation Tips

HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION TIPS

According to the US Department of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills.  Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted.

Each year, electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars. And as for the road, transportation accounts for 67% of all U.S. oil consumption. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to save energy and money at home and in your car. You can start by using these low cost and "no cost" ways to save energy:

 

  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.

  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the Energy Star® label.

  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.

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

  • 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).

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

  • Take short showers instead of baths.

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.

  • 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.

  • Visit http://www.energysavers.gov/ for more energy-saving ideas.

Sharon Kopcza

Sharon Kopcza

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