5 Simple Steps to Saving Energy
The average American household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy costs. You'd like to reduce that expense, but power is critical for safety and comfort. Fortunately, there are a variety of simple, low-cost measures you can take to save energy while still maintaining your comfortable lifestyle.
- Focus on lighting. Replace conventional incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These bulbs are at least 75 percent more efficient and last much longer.
- Adjust the thermostat. Raise or lower temperatures (depending on the season) at night and when you're away from home. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to optimize savings while maintaining comfort.
- Go unplugged. Many electronic devices continue to use power when they're turned off or not in use. Unplug battery chargers and any other devices when it's convenient. Use a power strip as a central point to shut off power to clustered devices.
- Use window treatments. Close window treatments on south-facing windows in summer to keep out solar heat during the day. In the winter, open curtains or drapes during the day to let in the warmth of the sun; close them at night to retain heat.
- Seal air leaks. Do you have old, broken caulk around the outside of your windows or gaps around exterior doors? Seal those leaks by caulking windows and placing weatherstripping around the inside of door frames. See Air Sealing Your Home from the U.S. Department of Energy for more information.
Looking to save more? Hire a qualified professional to perform an energy audit or assessment of your home. Your auditor will find areas in your home where you're wasting energy and suggest measures you can take to save money and improve comfort.