“Turn off the lights when you leave the room,” I remind my children. “Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth.” “Don’t hold the door open—you’re letting the heat out!” Some days I feel like I’m constantly nagging, echoing the same phrases my parents said to me when I was growing up. And while these are still good actions to take, there are even more strategies we can use to save energy in our homes today, helping both the environment and our electric bills.
- Thermostat Upgrade. Installing a programmable thermostat is helpful in many ways, including by reducing your heating and cooling bill by about 10 percent. These thermostats allow you to keep your house’s temperature comfortable while you’re home and awake but use less energy when you’re gone or asleep at night. Newer models can even be controlled via your Smartphone.
- Choose Energy Star. My husband and I recently replaced our old dishwasher. We made sure to buy one that has the Energy Star rating, knowing that the label means we’ll use less water and energy—10 to 15 percent less than standard models. Look for the label the next time you’re buying a new appliance so you can save, too.
- Better Bulbs. Choose energy-saving light bulbs in your home to save. Compact fluorescent bulbs last six times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and use 75 percent less energy.
- Power Strips. Plug electronics and chargers into power strips and turn them off when they’re not in use. This will save on “phantom use” of energy and save about $100 each year.
- Save Water. It takes a lot of energy to heat the water you use. Lower the setting on your water heater to 120 degrees, install low-flow showerheads and replace old, outdated water heaters to save energy.
- Sun Power. Let sunshine in during the winter months to add extra warmth to your home and reduce the need for artificial lighting. In the summer, close blinds and curtains (preferably ones that are lighter in color to reflect heat) to keep the heat out—these help reduce heating and cooling costs.
- Maintenance. Keep appliances maintained to ensure that they’ll continue to run at their maximum efficiency. You can contact your Twin Cities heating and cooling experts at Stay Comfy Minnesota for furnace help. These qualified technicians are able to provide service on all furnaces, air conditioners, humidifiers and air cleaners. Be sure to replace filters on your heating and cooling systems as recommended. You may also want to have an energy audit done at your home to identify any energy wasters in your home.
As we encourage the younger generations to save energy, there are some tips we can adopt as well. Implementing energy-saving steps are good for our pocketbook and the environment—and we’re being good examples for future generations to boot.
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