Spring Energy Efficiency Tips
Just in time for Spring, the Alliance to Save Energy’s (ASE) Efficiency News April edition released their annual “Spring Cleaning” tips for the season. Short and to the point, taking action on these spring energy efficiency eco-friendly tips will not only help the environment, they will also save you money.
Here are the Spring tips:
- Wash clothes in cold water to save $63 a year.
- Clean or change furnace filters regularly. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm.
- Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.
- Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy
and money on heating water; and wrap the water storage tank
in a specially-designed “blanket” to retain the heat.
- Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing home comfort.
- Use your windows shades – Close blinds on the sunny side in summer and open them in winter.
- Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use.
A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. (Sometimes
the simplest things are really effective!)
- Change to new and improved light bulbs. Reduce energy use from about a third to as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.
- Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on cooling and heating costs.
- Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.
*For more information go to http://thegreenregister.com