While it’s important to practice conserving energy in the office it is just as important to consider these practices at home. Consider these 9 energy tips to help lower your energy bills and keep you comfortable at home this fall and winter.
1. Swap Incandescents & CFLs for LEDs
Consider swapping out incandescents and CFL bulbs for LEDs. They are 90% more efficient, contain no harmful gases and can last up to 20 years! Ikea has some of inexpensive options.
2. Unplug Devices
Consider unplugging chargers, adapters and small appliances. Phantom energy is the electricity that electronics pull from the outlet while plugged in, and can waste as much as 10% of your home’s energy.
3. Clear Vents
Consider moving furniture and large items from blocking vents so air can circulate more freely and improve heating system efficiency by 25%.
Adjust temperature settings
If you are able to, consider adjusting your thermostat to 68 when at home this fall and winter and 60 when you are out. For each degree you adjust the thermostat back, you can have a 1-2% savings on your energy bills.
5. Turn it off
Consider turning off EVERYTHING before heading out the door. Lights. Computer. TV. You name it!
6. Manage power settings
Consider changing your power management settings to Energy Saver Mode and get rid of your screen saver. It cuts energy consumption and prolongs the computer’s battery life.
7. Use your blinds
Use daylight wisely. Keep drapes open during the day to let in the rays and close them at night to keep out drafts.
8. Change laundry settings
Consider waiting to do laundry until you have a full load and when you do put it on the cold wash (BRIGHT COLOR SETTING). It extends the lifespan and vibrancy of your clothing but it also saves 90% of the energy that would have been used to heat the water.
9. Turn down the hot water
Heating hot water is the second highest energy expense after general heating. Typically it accounts for about 20% of your utility bill. Consider turning down the thermostat of your water heater, insulating your water heater or limiting your hot water use.