You know the saying: “A little can go a long way?” It couldn’t be more true when it comes to cutting your energy costs. Small and simple changes in behavior can have a big impact on conserving energy and reducing your energy bill.
Tips to Trim Your Energy Costs
- Weatherproof your home.
- Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows.
- Replace an old furnace with a new energy-efficient furnace.
- Properly maintain your furnace.
- Use solar heat if possible.
- Turn down thermostats.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Turn off lights when leaving a room.
- Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded.
- Upgrade your kitchen with ENERGY STAR certified appliances.
- Lower your water heater temperature.
- Take shorter showers.
- Unplug unused appliances.
- Plug electronics into a power strip and turn it off when not in use.
- Carpool whenever possible.
Interested to know how your home's energy use compares to similar homes? Check out ENERGY STAR’S Home Energy Yardstick to learn how much of your home's energy use is related to heating and cooling versus other everyday uses like appliances, lighting, and hot water.
As with any kind of change, give yourself time. You don’t have to make all of these adjustments at once; and it will be much easier to take small steps rather than large leaps. Soon, you’ll begin to notice your utility bills on the decline, and you’ll be lessening your carbon footprint, too. All these small changes will become one big change, and you’ll be glad you did it!