Taking small steps throughout the year can lead to big results – not only helping lower your energy bills but also helping to protect the planet. Here are some ways you can resolve to save energy year round:
- Install and set a programmable thermostat. Save money on your heating and cooling bills every day by upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Take advantage of its pre-programmed settings to automatically adjust your home’s temperature when you are home, asleep or away – all without sacrificing comfort.
- Upgrade your aging fridge. Older refrigerators waste tons of energy compared to newer, more efficient models. If all refrigerators sold in the United States were Energy Star certified, about 8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.
- Flip the switch to energy-saving lighting. About 10 percent of the energy your home uses goes to lighting costs. By replacing just five of your home’s most frequently used lights with energy-efficient bulbs, you could save up to $80 a year in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime. Energy Star-certified bulbs use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and produce significantly less heat, making them safer to operate. For the highest energy-savings, choose LEDs which can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Save energy even while watching TV. With televisions getting bigger and bigger, it’s no wonder that many consumers say that energy efficiency will be a factor in their next TV choice. Look for the Energy Star label to save energy and money. These TVs are on average over 25 percent more energy efficient than conventional models, saving energy in all usage modes: sleep, idle and on.
By following one or more of these simple tips, you can save in energy costs all through the year.
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