Cutting Energy Costs Now!
Aug 07, 2015 01:59PM, Published by Savannah Ludwig, Categories: Acadiana Life
By making energy-efficient choices you can
save energy and money without giving up the comforts of home – whether you rent,
own or live with your parents!
Follow these simple energy-saving tips to help fight skyrocketing utility bills.
1. Switch It Off
· Turn Things Off When You're Done: A desktop computer running 24/7 can burn through $150 worth of electricity over five years.
· Light Switches: Make it a habit to flick them off when you leave a room.
· Try a Power Strip: Move nonessential electrical gear to a power strip so that you can easily switch off multiple devices at once when you're not using them, such as when asleep or away from home: Some "smart" power strips cut power to other devices automatically when a primary device is shut off, or when no one is in the room.
· Set Computers to Sleep: Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use much lower power during periods of inactivity. In Windows, just search for "Power settings" in the start menu. Mac users, look for energy-saving settings under system preferences in the Apple menu. A typical computer and monitor system left on 24/7 can waste $40 a year in electricity.
· Smart Labels: Always buy desktops, laptops, printers, and scanners (and all-in-one devices) with the ENERGY STAR® logo.
3. Take Control of Temperature
· Set Your Thermostat: During the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees or more during the day if no one is home. If you haven’t upgraded to an electrical thermostat, do it, their affordable and can be set to automatically adjust the temperature in your home. This alone could save $20 to $150 a month in utility bills.
· Use Sunlight Wisely: Close shades and blinds during the summer or when the air conditioner is in use or will be in use later in the day.
4. See the Light
· Turn It Off: Don't forget to flick the switch when you leave a room. Remember this at the office, too. Turn out or dim the lights in unused conference rooms, and when you step out for lunch. Work by daylight when possible. A typical commercial building uses more energy for lighting than anything else.
· LED Bulbs: A new LED (light-emitting diode) light bulb costs as little as $6 at your local hardware store. Thanks to its efficiency and long life, it can save more than $100 over its lifetime.
This simple stuff will save energy and money right now. Learn more about how you can help save energy and cut your utility bills, click the LINK to download a FREE Energy Savings Booklet.