Make every day Earth Day! These energy efficiency resolutions take little time and effort – and can save you money while reducing your ecological footprint in both the short and longer term.
1. Use a power strip for your electronics
By plugging appliances into power strips, it makes it easier to turn them all off when not in use. Better yet, purchase a smart power strip, which senses when a product is not in use and eliminates its standby power consumption.
2. Set your hot water temperature lower
Aside from heating and cooling, water heating represents the greatest consumption of energy in the home, amounting up to 25 percent of gas or electricity usage.
3. Choose energy-saving lighting
LED light fixtures are 75 to 90 percent more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs, and can last up to 12 years.
4. Use drapes and blinds to help regulate your home’s temperature
- During warmer weather, close up your curtains and blinds during the day to insulate against the heat and open them up during the evening to let in cool breezes.
- During colder weather, open your curtains and blinds during the day to let in the light and warmth, and close up your curtains at night to insulate against the cold.
5. Install a programmable thermostat
- A home thermostat doesn’t consume much energy on its own, but it does control the most significant energy-consuming equipment in your home. Energy efficient thermostat settings can save huge amounts of energy on your heating and cooling.
- Programmable thermostats enable varying temperatures to be set for different times of day and for specific days of the week.
- For every degree reduced in heating (or increased in cooling) over an eight-hour duration, energy consumption and cost is reduced by about one percent.
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