13 Oct 10 Energy cost saving ideas
So why is it important to conserve energy? While energy efficiency might cost you money up front before potentially saving you money down the road, energy conservation is something you can put into practice immediately, either at very little or no cost to you. Here are 10 energy conservation ideas you can get started with today.
- Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for as much as 13.7% of the total household energy use. To increase energy savings, set your fridge to 37 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer to 3 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs. Install energy-saving CFL or LED bulbs in your lighting fixtures to use 25-35 percent less energy, compared to regular incandescent bulbs.
- Clean or replace air filters as recommended. The air conditioner and heater are the biggest energy users in most homes, and these appliances have to work even harder with dirty air filters. Write the date of installation on the filter to help you remember when it needs to be replaced.
- Do full loads. Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before running them to get the most energy-saving use from each run cycle.
- Use smart power strips. Even when not in use, household electronics still draw power from outlets. This phenomenon is called “phantom load”. Energy-saving smart power strips, which shut down appliances that have gone into standby mode, help you cut down on phantom-load costs, potentially resulting in money and energy savings.
- Air-dry dishes and clothes. Instead of using your dishwasher’s drying feature, consider letting the dishes air-dry. And instead of using the dryer on a nice day, hang your clothes outside to dry.
- Bake with glass or ceramic pans. You can set the oven’s temperature 25 degrees lower than indicated in the recipe when you do this.
- Cook using the right-sized burner. Conserve energy by using your stove’s small burners for small pots and large burners for large pots.
- Cut down on air leaks in your home. You’re paying for warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer — don’t let that money escape! Check your windows and doors for cracks and gaps, and seal them up with new weather stripping or caulk.
- Keep your house a little hotter in the summer and a little cooler in the winter. Opt for wearing lighter clothes in the summer and wearing a few extra layers in the winter in exchange for those few degrees’ change in temperature. A good rule of thumb is to set the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and to 78 in the summer.