Simple Ways to Save Energy and Help Others Do the Same
Changing Energy Wasting Habits Costs Nothing
Here are some ideas on how you can save energy at home without spending a dime. These conservation ideas merely require a bit of thought and a slight touch of the hand. The hard part is getting rid of energy-expensive habits and teaching yourself the new ones. But with a little effort the new habits will soon be second nature. The simple guidelines to follow are: turn it off, close it, and set it lower…so, here are 5 ideas:
- Turn off the lights when leaving a room. Turning off just one 60-watt incandescent bulb can save about $15 per year. (Of course, replacing your incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs will cut your lighting electric bill by up to 85%!)
- While brushing your teeth, stop running the water. Although running water does not use energy per se, heating the water does so avoid wasting hot water in particular.
- Turn off power strips or unplug appliances - especially when leaving for vacation. Most appliances when plugged in still draw power when turned off - this is called phantom power. So, stop the ghosts from costing you money when you're away!
- Close the blinds to block direct sunlight in the summer and keep the cold out during winter nights. These measures help to stabilize the temperature indoors and reduce the burden on your home heating and cooling systems, which typically use about 50% of the energy in your home.
- Turn down the temperature control thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees F. For each 10 degrees F reduction in water temperature, you can save about 3-5% in home energy costs. Although most water heater thermostats are set at 140 degrees F, most households have plenty of hot water when set to 120. Reducing your water termperature can also extend the life of your water heater and pipes by slowing mineral buildup and corrosion.
Learn More by Reading Up
Knowledge is power they say. In this case, knowledge will help you save power! MyEnergySolution provides you with the essential facts and advice on how to lower your energy bills - a one-stop-shop for learning and taking action to save energy at home. There is also a wealth of detailed information and perspectives on energy & the environment, climate change, and home improvement presented in substantitive books. We have put together a virtual library of sorts as an introduction to what’s out there …go for it, pick up a book (or a Kindle!) on whatever topic piques your fancy and read up!
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