Timers are a great way to switch your lights on and off when you’re not around. For better security, there are timers that allow random settings, making it harder for burglars to tell when you’re away.
Fluorescent bulbs are more expensive to purchase, but save you money in the long run. A single incandescent light bulb can cost the same as 6 to 10 fluorescent bulbs - and the fluorescents last about 10 times longer. There are attractive compact units that illuminate more like a traditional bulb giving off a pleasing, soft light, as well as many other shapes and types to choose from.
Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher or lower when nobody is home will significantly lower your electricity use. According to ENERGY STAR, it could save up to $180 every year in energy costs.
Fans circulate the air, creating a breeze and making the room feel cool. In the winter, fans help to keep the warm, rising air circulating.
They use less electricity and less water than their traditional appliances.
Dirty filters restrict the flow of air and will cause your heating and cooling systems to use more power. Clean filters will reduce electricity, and save you money on your electric bill.
This is particularly important for those things that you don’t use a lot such as toaster ovens, speakers, and cellphone chargers. Any device that is plugged in is going to use a certain amount of energy, especially those items with LED indicators.
If you plan to be out of town for an extended amount of time, turn off your water heater. The recommended water heater temperature is between 120F and 140F. Lowering the temperature during summer months will help you save on your electric bill.
Install occupancy sensor switches that provide automatic ON/OFF switching. These are especially useful if you have teenagers who always seem to forget to turn lights off.
In particular, covering windows facing south and west will help to block the summer sun. In winter, closed shades will help to keep the cold out, and open shades on sunny days will help to warm rooms.