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Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

There are simple ways to start saving energy in your home. Using less energy saves you money and helps prevent climate change.  All you need is a few easy tips to start saving now!

Turn off lights and fans

– One of the easiest ways to start saving is to turn your lights off when you leave a room or don’t need them on.
– Turn off your fans too, when not in the room.
– When you use dimmers you can avoid lighting a room more than necessary.
Motion activated lights will turn on fixtures when needed, avoiding overuse.

Fact: It costs almost $20 a year to leave one light on for 8 hours a day.

Use drapes to stay comfortable

– During cold weather keep drapes open in the daylight hours to take advantage of the sun’s warmth.
– To keep out the heat of the summer sun, close window shades and drapes in warm weather.
– When opening shades you allow natural sunlight in and reduce the need to turn on light during daytime hours.
– To improve insulation and prevent heat loss close shades and drapes after the sun goes down.

Fact: Glass windows without shading allow between 75-80%of transmitted solar energy through, where vertical or venetian blinds allow 0-5%.

Use efficient porch lighting

– The outdoor porch light is one of the home’s most used fixtures so, start saving with energy efficient fixtures which can include motion sensor or automatic day-light shut off features.
– Turn off your outdoor lights or use a timer so they are not left on during the day.

Fact: Replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them, with ENERGY STAR certified models can save you $75 per year on energy costs

Replace your light bulbs

– Begin by replacing one incandescent light bulb with an energy saving light bulb you can start saving about $6 per bulb.
– There are less frequent bulb replacements when you make the switch.
– It is a smart move to change from traditional lighting to more energy efficient lighting.

Fact: An energy saving light bulb uses about 75% less energy and lasts 10-25 times longer.

What are some ways that you have tried to save energy? Share your ideas with us in the comments section.

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