Reduce Your Use

Making your home more energy efficient can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. The most effective strategy for reducing your home’s energy consumption is to first target the walls, attic, windows and doors. Then improve the energy efficiency of systems, such as heating, cooling, lighting and appliances.

While you may have to make a small investment to cut your home’s energy consumption, the amount of money you will save on your utility bills will make the investment worthwhile.

  1. Clean or replace air filters as recommended. Energy is lost when air conditioners and hot-air furnaces have to work harder to draw air through dirty filters.
  2. Wrap your water heater is an insulating jacket.
  3. Light your home with the same amount of light for less money. Upgrade the incandescent light bulbs in your home to CFL or LED, which use one third less energy.
  4. Invest in a power strip. Computers, Televisions, DVD players and other electronics account for approximately 40 percent of your electricity usage. Plugging these devices into a power strip makes it easy to cut off the power when they are not in use.
  5. Keep your heat from escaping by caulking or weather stripping windows and door frames.
  6. Use less water by installing low-flow shower heads.
  7. Upgrade your appliances. New Energy Star appliances can decrease energy use by as much as 30 percent.

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