“No Cost” Ways to Save Energy

By Vernon Trollinger, October 19, 2009, Energy Efficiency

from the Alliance to Save Energy , a non-profit coalition supporting energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource through research, educational programs, and policy advocacy.

  • Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers, etc.
  • Check the furnace or air conditioner (AC) filter each month, and clean or replace it as needed. Dirty filters block air flow through your heating and cooling systems, increasing your energy bill and shortening the equipment’s life.
  • In winter, let the sun in your East, South, and West windows.  Close the curtains on your north windows, especially at night.
  • Glass fireplace doors help stop heat from being lost up the chimney. Keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use.
  • Buy smart power strips that turn off equipment during longer periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity.
  • When cooking, keep the lids on pots. Better yet, use a microwave oven instead.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat.  Set it to warm the house before you wake and then let it temperature at a lower level while you are away at work. Set it to warm up the house again an hour before you return.  Set it to let the temperature drop while you sleep.
  • About 15 percent of an average home energy bill goes to heating water. To save hot water, take five-minute showers instead of baths. Do only full loads when using the clothes washer or dishwasher.
  • Switch to washing laundry with cold-water-formulated detergent.  Using cold water can save up to $63 a year, especially with less energy-efficient washing machines.
  • Only heat or cool the rooms you need.  Close off vents and doors to unused room

Other great tips and energy efficiency ideas for your ome can be found at the Bounce Energy Education website.

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