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Simple, Low-Cost Home Energy Tips to Save You Money and Become More Energy Efficient

Posted on the 21 June 2011 by Livinggreenor

Take a bite out of energy costs, and your impact on the environment, with these no-cost and low-cost strategies.

  • Simple, Low-Cost Home Energy Tips to Save You Money and Become More Energy EfficientChange Your Bulbs: Replace standard incandescent bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.  CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer.  Choose brands with the blue ENERGY STAR label.
  • Make an Adjustment: In heating season, set your thermostat to 65-68 degrees during the day and 58-60 degrees at night.  If you have a heat pump, turn the thermostat down no more than 10 degrees at night.  Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat to adjust the settings automatically.
  • Check the Setting: Reduce your water heater thermostat setting to 120 degrees.
  • Wash Smart: (Laundry)  Wash and rinse clothes with cold water, and clean lint filters after each load.  To save more energy and water, run full loads.  (Dishes)  Use the water-saver washing and energy-saving drying options on your washer.
  • Pull the Plug: If you have an old refrigerator or freezer in your garage or basement, it’s time to retire the energy hot.
  • Keep it Clean: Check your furnace filter monthly and clean or replace dirty filters to help your furnace work at peak efficiency.
  • Cook Wise: If you don’t need to use a full-size oven, use a countertop convection oven, microwave or smaller electric appliance.  On the stove, use pots and pans with flat bottoms for the most efficient cooking.
  • Waste No Water: If you don’t already have them, install high-performing showerheads and faucet aerators in your bath and kitchen.  We sell two water efficient showerheads in our shop: the Oxygenics 5-Star Spa 2.0 GPM Shower Head or the ShowerStart Roadrunner 1.5 GPM Shower Head.
  • Turn ‘Em Off: Turn off the lights when you leave a room.  Turn off televisions, computers or appliances when they’re not in use.
  • Power Down: Unplug power strips, battery chargers and small appliances when they’re not in use.  The power used when plugged in really adds up.  If you have a strip that’s outdated or in a hard to reach location, opt for a new strip with a handy on/off remote control, such as the Belkin Conserve Energy-Saving Power Strip with Remote sold in our online shop.
  • Lose the Leak: Stop air leaks by installing gaskets behind switch plates and outlets on exterior walls.
  • Just Caulk It: Caulk small holes and cracks under countertops and around plumbing pipes, exhaust fans, dryer vents, sink and bathtub drains and fireplaces.
  • Damp It Down: Close fireplace and wood stove dampers when not in use, but wait until several hours after the fire is completely out.

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