Easy Solutions For A More Energy Efficient Home

  • Replace your light bulbs Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbsand use 75% less energy while giving off the same amount of light. They costmore per bulb but because of their longer life span and increased energyefficiency, you ultimately save about $30 per bulb.    
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucets A conventional showerhead uses 5 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow showerhead uses only 1.5 gallons per minute. Today, a low-flow showerhead is just as good as a standard showerhead. You can choose between an aerating showerhead, which mixes air into the water to maintain constant pressure, or a non-aerating showerhead, which uses pulses to keep the stream strong and the temperature constant
  • Air-dry your dishes By turning off the dishwasher after the washcycle, you’ll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up yourkitchen. Most dishwashers also have an “economy mode,” which uses less water andelectricity.  
  • Unplug As we collect more personal electronics, ourelectricity usage continues to go up. To help control these rising costs, setyour computer to sleep instead of using a screen saver when you’re not usingit. Most electronics still use power even when you’re not using them or they’returned off. In fact, a fully charged cell phone that’s still plugged in uses2.24 watts of energy. To eliminate this waste, plug your electronics into apower strip and turn the strip off once everything’s charged. Or, simply unplugfrom the outlet when you reach 100%.  
  • Upgrade your windows If your windows are drafty, they’re letting cold air in during the winter and hot air in during the summer. When this happens, we turn up the heat or the air conditioning to make up for the uncomfortable environment. Upgrading to energy-efficient windows can not only prevent drafts and improve the look of your home, but also save you money on your energy bills.  

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