Below are some tips provided by the US Government to help reduce the impact of our consumption of the Earth’s resources as well as ways to save energy, and ultimately money, on your home’s energy bills.
- Use the ENERGY STAR program (energystar.gov) to find energy efficient products for your home. The right choices can save families about 30% ($700 a year) while reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases. Whether you are looking to replace old appliances, remodel, or buy a new house, ENERGY STAR can help. ENERGY STAR is the government backed symbol for energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR label makes it easy to know which products to buy without sacrificing features, style or comfort that today’s consumers expect.
- Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
- Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power than an oven.)
- Purchase “Green Power” for your home’s electricity. (Contact your power supplier to see where and if it is available.)
- Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired.
- Use a programmable thermostat to save on heating and cooling costs when you’re not home.
- Insulate your home, water heater and pipes.
- Keep in mind that every trip adds to air pollution. Learn more atIt All Adds Up to Cleaner Air(http://www.italladdsup.gov).
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL). If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road. (energystar.gov/cfls)