25 Tips and Tricks to Conserve Energy

Save Energy in Your Home

In the United States, 59 percent of energy used was wasted last year. Practice energy conservation techniques to save money and help the environment. Small, deliberate steps to conserve can help make a huge contribution to preserve and clean our world. Implement these simple tips around the home and in your automobile to cut your costs and eliminate harmful fossil-fuel emissions.

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25 Energy Conservation Techniques.

1.   Set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day for winter months.  You can save almost 5 percent on your heating expenses for every degree you lower your thermostat between 60 and 70 degrees. 

2.  Wear layers at bedtime and lower your thermostat at night to 55 and save up to 20 percent on your heating bill.

 3.   Keep your furnace filters clean.  Airflow is obstructed when your furnace filter is holding clumps of dust, dir and hair.  Enhance airflow by replacing or cleaning your furnace filter to decrease energy consumption.

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 4.   If your furnace or hot water is more than 15 years of age, think about replacing it with a more energy-efficient appliance.  Some states, as well as the federal government, offer tax rebates and tax deductions for using more energy conscious appliances.  You will also save about 15 percent on your monthly utility bill. 

 5.     Conduct a feather test.  Take a feather and place it in front of the cracks in your windows, doors, vent and light fixtures and outlets.  If the feather moves, you have an air leak and are losing energy.  Seal these cracks with weather stripping or caulk to prevent air loss. 

 6.     Lower the temperature of your gas or propane hot water heater.  Your hot water heater should be set at approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjusting this setting can help save you 10 percent on water heating expenses.

 7.     To create more savings from you’re your hot water heater, insulate the pipes coming from the wall leading to your appliance. Pipe insulation is easy to install, inexpensive and conveniently available at most home improvement stores. 

 8.     In addition to pipe insulation, purchase a water-heater blanket to insulate your electric, gas or oil water heater.  Placing one of these blankets over your water heater can you approximately $50 per year.  Purchase a water-heater insulation blanket and install easily with only a pencil, scissors and tape measure.

 9.      If you have a traditional wood-burning fireplace in your home, you may be losing warm air through the damper.  If you choose not to use your fireplace this winter, make sure your damper is closed tightly and place a piece of insulation in your chimney to prevent warm air from escaping. 

 10.     Open your drapes during the day and let the sun rays warm your home.  Close your drapes at night to help insulate the windows and keep the warm air from escaping.

 11.     Fill your dishwasher to maximum capacity.  Running a dishwasher that is half full uses almost as much energy as a full dishwasher.  Save energy by making the most of each wash. 

12.     Arrange furniture so that you are seated on an interior wall, rather than an exterior wall.  Exterior walls are cooler and may expose you to a draft.  You will feel more comfortable temperature-wise and are less likely to turn the heat up.

13.    Use a low-flow showerhead to save on water heating costs.  Low-flow showerheads decreased the amount of water used, as well as the amount of energy needed to heat the water.  You can save up to 15 percent on your monthly water-heating costs by installing this type of showerhead.

14.      Check your attic or ceiling for insulation.  If these areas lack insulation, purchase some insulation and prevent heat or cool air from escaping.  Proper ceiling insulation can save you up to 25 percent on your heating bill each month. 

15.       Consider painting the walls of your home a light, bright color.  Dark colors dim the room, causing you to you excess lighting to brighten up the room.  A light-painted room is brightened with much less light

16.    Turn off the lights.  This may sound like a simple task, but many watts of energy are wasted each month from not flipping a switch.  Flip your switch when you leave the room and you can save $100s each year.

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17.     Throw away the incandescent bulbs and use only energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. While you may pay a couple more dollars up front for the energy-efficient bulbs, you will save approximately $50 over the lifetime of one fluorescent bulb. Fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than the incandescent bulbs. Additionally, fluorescent bulbs last approximately 10 times longer than the cheaper incandescent bulbs.

18.     Adjust your computer and monitor to energy-saving mode. The energy-saving mode puts your computer to sleep after a designated period of time with no activity.  Sleep mode uses less energy; however, if you know you are going to be away for a long period of time, turn off your computer to save more energy. 

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19.      Unplug your television, computer, DVD players and other electronics.  Electronics use energy even when they are turned off, which can accumulate to over 50 watts of energy over the course of the month. Unplug or switch your power strip off to prevent energy from leaking.  By implementing this simple energy conservation tips, you will decrease CO2 emissions. 

20.    Use your washer and dryer efficiently. Wash only full loads in cold water.  Rinse your clothes in cold water, as well.  Washing clothes in hot water uses 75 percent more energy than cold-water washing.

21.      Clean the lint out of your dryer thoroughly prior to use. Not only will a clean lint trap shorten your dry time, it will help conserve 5 to 10 percent of energy.   

22.     If the weather is warm or you have a place in your home for a clothesline, air drying your clothes saves energy and will save you approximately $75 to $250 per year.

23.       Select an energy-efficient temperature setting on your refrigerator. Between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit will keep your food cool, while conserving the most energy. Additionally, set your freezer thermostat in the range of 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, check the seal on your refrigerator by placing a dollar bill between the door and the refrigerator.  If your dollar bill is slightly challenging to pull or remove, your refrigerator has excellent gaskets.  However, if the dollar bill pulls easily, replace the sealing or gaskets around the door of your refrigerator, as it is using excess energy and costing you money. 

24.      Avoid preheating your over or stove if it is not necessary.  Additionally, refrain from open and closing the door of your stove while baking.  This allows the heat to escape, causing a longer cook time.

25.      During winter months, leave your stove door open after you have finished baking and turned off the stove.  Use the excess heat to warm your kitchen. 

Applying energy conservation techniques is simple.  Make it a part of your daily life to conserve for a greener Earth.