7 Simple Things You Can Do To Use Less Energy and Save Nearly $500 a Year.
- Turn Off the Lights And Replace Incandescent Bulbs. It only takes a few seconds to conserve energy: just remember to always turn off your lights when you leave a room. And switching to energy-efficient LED light bulbs can save you about $75 each year.
- Program Your Thermostat.
Save as much as $180 a year on your heating and cooling bills by setting your thermostat to a lower temperature when you are asleep or away from home.
- Take shorter showers.
Hot water is expensive. If a family of four each shortens their daily showers by 3 minutes, they could save about $80 a year.
- Unplug Unused Electronics.
Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug your DVR, stereo—and even your coffee maker—to conserve energy and save as much as $76 a year.
- Run Full Loads Of Laundry.
90% of the energy used by washing machines is for heating water. Use cold water and only wash full loads to save up to $124 a year.
- Weatherize Your Home.
Drafts can consume 5% to 30% of home energy usage. Buy or make a DIY draft stopper, or add weather-stripping and caulk leaks to improve your home’s comfort and save $38 a year.
- Use The Microwave, Crock Pot Or Toaster Oven.
A microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in an oven. Use another cooking method and save time, energy and as much as $70 a year.
Learn more about energy saving in the home from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
DIY Home Energy Audit
There’s a lot you can learn without the specialized tools of a professional auditor. We have developed a Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit that helps you learn more about your home’s energy use. Even if you’re planning to have a professional audit, going through your home yourself will help you know which questions to ask and make you a savvier customer.
Do You Have an Energy Vampire in Your Home?
We’ve worked with the Seattle Public Library to make checking energy usage on your electronic devices as easy as checking out a book. Take a Kill-a-watt energy monitor home to learn how much energy is used and track down how much your electronic devices and appliances are costing you to run.