9 tips for reducing energy consumption in your home
9 TIPS FOR REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION INYOUR HOME
#1 SWITCHYOUR LIGHT BULBS.
It is best to switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs
to save up to 80 percent on energy usage for lighting your home.
#2 TURN OFFTHE LIGHTS.
Turn lights off in rooms that aren’t being used. Consider using
timers on bathroom, garage, and laundry room lights.
#3 REPLACE OUTDATED HVAC EQUIPMENT.
Most heating and cooling systems have a lifespan of 15-20 years.
If yours is coming up on 15 years, research energy-efficient
replacements that can yield significant energy savings.
#4 LOW-FLOW FAUCETS.
Use low-flow faucets in sinks, showers and baths. In addition to saving
thousands of gallons of water per year, you’ll save energy by reducing the
amount of hot water you use.
#5 SEALYOUR HOME’S ENVELOPE.
Warm air moves into cooler areas. Sealing the leaks in your
home’s exterior prevents your warm air from escaping outside
during the winter, and keeps hot air from infiltrating your home
in the summer.
#6 UPGRADEYOUR INSULATION.
Is your insulation up to current energy efficiency guidelines?
Check Energy Star’s Recommended Levels of Insulation map to
check the R-values recommended for your geographic location.
Start with the attic, crawl spaces and basement, and then work
into the exterior walls.
#7 LOOK FORTHE ENERGY STAR.
When it’s time to replace appliances, always look for the Energy
Star logo, which ensures they exceed minimum energy-
efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy.
#8 PULLTHE PLUG.
Electronics and small appliances often consume small amounts
of power even when they’re turned off. Use a power strip and
turn it off when electronics aren’t being used.
#9 RENEWABLE ENERGY.
Consider switching to at least one renewable energy source
such as solar panels or a geothermal heat pump
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