Tips For Saving Energy

Tips For Saving Energy

With the economy in a slump, we need to cut costs whenever possible. Luckily, there are many ways to save money on your energy bills. Here is a list of cheap and free changes that can be made to save energy:

Lighting

Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents(CFL). (Buy 1/3 wattage CFL or 20% more lumens for same brightness)
Turn lights off when not in use, even for a few minutes.
Use motion sensor fixtures and switches for interior & exterior lighting.
Use lowest wattage bulbs for lights that will be consistently on.
Consider newer Energy Star Appliances.

Air Conditioning

Buy a programmable Thermostat.
Set your thermostat above 78°F in the summer and below 74 during winter.
Turn off or program above 85°F when your not home.
Use cheap thin filters and replace every month, don’t forget! (This will help reduce static pressure and fan workload)
Use Fans when possible.
Test and seal your air conditioning duct work.
Consider a higher SEER air conditioning unit.

Hot Water Heater

Set your water heater temperature to 120°F.
Insulate your water heater pipes.
Consider electric water heaters.

General Energy Saving Tips

Inform the household to watch their energy usage.
Wash dishes by hand.
Unplug electronics when not in use. (turn off power-strips)
Don’t use your appliances during peak hours. (From 4-6 pm or anytime an electricity emergency is declared)
Buy or borrow a watt meter & compare your appliances with newer models on the market.
Line dry your clothes.
Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. For additional future savings, use strategically planted trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home.
If existing insulation level is R-19 or less, consider insulating your attic to at least R-30.
Reduce the operating time of your pool filter and automatic cleaning sweep to four to five hours, and only during off-peak time.

We Hope this information has helped you understand the basics of energy conservation. If you have any questions about this article, please do not hesitate to call us @ (661) 243-6325.