Conserving energy in our homes is a worthy goal for many reasons, including decreased environmental impact and more manageable utility bills. Here are a few quick energy facts and some resources to help you start saving—in more ways than one.
1. Tree power
Properly placed shade trees cut your electricity use by as much as 40 percent in summer.
2. Phantom power
In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. That’s because just having things plugged in uses energy.
3. Light power
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), which cost just a few dollars, use 75 percent less energy and last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
4. Program power
A programmable thermostat could save you as much as 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.
5. Fan power
Use fans for cooling because for every degree you raise your thermostat in hot weather you reduce your cooling costs between 7 and 10 percent.
Check out these resources to learn much more about creating an energy-efficient home:
- 10 Easy Ways to Save Energy at Home
- Zap Phantom Loads to Save Energy
- Save Loads of Energy with Caulking and Weatherstripping
- Save Energy and Money Now
What are your best tips for saving energy? Please share them in the comments section.