While you’re spending time at home, here are some ways to minimize energy costs.
1. Turn off the lights when they're not in use.
Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill.
2. Don't leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight.
It only takes a couple of hours to charge, so unplug your device when it is at 100%.
3. Use a power strip as a central "turn off" point.
Using a power strip becomes an easy turn off point for electronics like desktop computers, charging laptops, televisions, DVD players, coffeemakers, lamps, and toasters.
Even when turned off, electronics often use a small amount of electricity. U.S. households spend approximately $100 per year to power devices while they are in a low power mode, roughly 8 percent of household electricity costs.
4. Close the fireplace damper.
Close the flue damper tightly when not in use. Otherwise, warmed or cooled air can easily escape from the house.
5. Close closet doors.
Help keep your energy costs lower by closing closet doors so you aren't needlessly heating and cooling closet space.
6. Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer's recommendation.
This can help avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy.
7. Don't leave ventilation fans running longer than necessary.
Turn off bathroom or kitchen fans after use. They replace inside air with outside.
8. If possible, wash your clothes in cold water.
9. Use your ceiling fan wisely.
Depending on when and how you operate them, ceiling fans can provide comfort and help you save on your energy bills.
In the winter, your ceiling fan can help improve your comfort. Most fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan in the opposite direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the living space. In the summer, check to make sure your fan is blowing air downward to help you feel cooler.
Other Opportunities to Save
10. Change your light bulbs to LEDs.
11. Seal cracks and gaps.
Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.
12. Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly.
Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
13. Programmable Thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home's temperature settings when you're away or sleeping.