Follow these five smart ways to cut energy costs without sacrificing comfort.
3. POWER DOWN ON ENERGY
Save a bundle on your home electronics with these energy-reducing tips.
Unplug. Even when you’re not using your microwave, TV, computer or cell-phone charger, you’re paying for them. Unplug them! Better yet, plug clustered electronics into a power strip and turn them all off at once before you head to work, bed or vacation.
Put your computer to sleep. Better yet, shut it down. Turn off monitors if they’re not in use for 20 minutes, and CPUs if they’re not being used for more than two hours. Lose the screen savers as they waste energy! Use your lapt op, if you have one. They consume less power than PCs.
4. SHED SOME LIGHT
About 20 percent of electricity in the United States is spent on lightbulbs. Help trim that number.
Let the sun shine in. Don’t use lights during the day. It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to forget.
Turn it off. Switch off the lights in rooms nobody’s in. Make a house rule: If there’s one person in a room, there should only be one light on.
Change bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use almost 70 percent less energy, emit way less heat and last 10 times longer than traditional, incandescent bulbs―saving you $30 over the life of one bulb.
Space lamps smartly. Keep them away from air-conditioner thermostats; their heat will cause AC units to run longer.
Install dimmers. Lights that are dimmed cost less and extend the life of the bulb. A dimmer is easy to install, and it allows you to control the amount of light for any mood.