Home energy usage increases in the summer and so can the energy bill. But saving energy & money doesn't have to be a challenge! Here are some simple steps you can take every day to effectively manage your energy usage.
1. Replace your florescent & incandescent bulbs with LED lights, which sip energy rather than gulp it! These bulbs cost more but you will save more money in the long run because they actually last longer, as well. Wait for a big sale or seasonal rebates to find them at a discount.
2. When you purchase electronics, make sure they are labeled with the Energy Star logo - this brand indicates they’ve been tested and proven to be energy efficient. Some energy companies even offer rebates or discounts on pre-approved devices. If you are looking to upgrade an appliance, thermostat or even your home's windows, check out your energy company's website to see their current offerings.
3. Utilize a programmable thermostat that lets you adjust setting conveniently from an app. Some devices automatically will optimize your heating & cooling based on whether or not you are home. They can learn your schedule and detect the outdoor weather and potentially shave a significant amount from your energy bills.
4. Control the amount of time your devices are on “idle” by programming your computer or gaming console go into sleep mode after a period of not being in use. This will prevent them from sucking energy when not in use.
5. For running the laundry or dishwasher, wait until off-peak hours to reduce energy costs. You can find these hours via your energy company. Running full loads will also help cut down your bills. Additionally, wash laundry in cold water and hang dry to save even more! Most liquid detergents these days are formulated to be just as effective when used with cold water as with warm. Dishwashers save more water than hand-washing and avoid heavy pre-rinsing before running the dishwasher.