At Yeshiva University, we encourage energy savings in the workplace and at home. This winter season, see how you can save energy and money by considering these energy saving tips for your home.

Set your Thermostat back
For each degree you adjust the thermostat back, you can have a 1-2% savings. In addition, programmable thermostats can cut about $180 a year from your energy bill by automatically reducing to your heating or cooling when you need it the least.

Unplug and Turn it off
Many appliances and electronic devices consume electricity even when you’re not actively using them. All that vampire power can add up to 10% of your electric bill. Unplugging or powering down your computers, DVD players, Video game consoles, power tool chargers and other gadgets can save you up to $120 dollars a year!

Buy EnergyStar appliances
Appliances and electronics account for about 20% of your energy bill. When buying an appliance, consider the initial cost of the item as well as the cost of running it over the period of its life. Buying Energy Star products use 10 to 15% less energy and water than standard models so consider replacing your old refrigerators, washing machine dishwasher and other appliances with an Energy Star model. It can save $900 over the lifetime of the products, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Change your Lightbulbs
Replacing 15 incandescent lightbulbs with energy saving bulbs can save up to $100 per year and more than $1200 in energy costs over the life of the bulbs, according to the Department of Energy. Not a fan of CFLs? Consider new LED bulbs that last even longer and have a higher quality of light.

Turn off 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. You can reduce that cost by using less hot water, turning down the thermostat on your water heater, insulating your water heater, or buying a new more efficient model. Low-flow showerheads and toilets can help reduce your total consumption of water.

For more great ways to save $$$ at home and help you reduce your energy usage without sacrificing comfort, visit Con Edison’s Power of Green website or visit the DOE’s Energy Saver Blog.

 

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