Your energy bill can be a serious drain on your bank account, especially in a frigid winter or hot summer. Here are a few easy ways to save:
- Buy an Advanced Power Strip
When electronics are not in use, they can still use a small amount of electricity. An advanced power strip prevents idle electronics from using power.
- Replace Light Bulbs
There are many bulb options besides that use far less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. Some options include:
- Halogen Incandescent
- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
- Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
- Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances
Appliances with an ENERGY STAR rating use anywhere from 10-25 percent less energy than traditional models.
- Weatherize Your Home
Some weatherizing projects may require the services of a professional, but there are some you can do yourself. Such as:
- Check and caulk air leaks around your windows
- Hang blackout drapes
- Seal any gaps or leaks around the attic access
- Time-Based Energy Savings
Smart meters can help you reduce the amount of power you use during peak usage times. Another option is a home energy management system that helps you coordinate the use of your appliances at off-peak times.