By following just a few simple tips, you can make your home more energy-efficient and save money.
Switch to LED lighting.
Swap out those CFL and fluorescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR® LED lights. LEDs can last longer than ordinary bulbs AND they use less energy.
Set your thermostat back.
Turning your thermostat back a few degrees, especially when you are gone for the day, can save you energy on your energy bill.
Use ENERGY STAR® Certified appliances.
Out shopping for a new clothes washer, dishwasher or freezer? Buy a new appliance with the ENERGY STAR® logo. These are appliances that are certified to save energy. Visit www.energystar.gov for a full list of all ENERGY STAR® products.
Change your furnace filter regularly.
Not replacing your furnace filter regularly can reduce the air flow and output of your system, making it work harder and use more electricity.
Weatherize windows and doors.
Weatherstripping and caulking windows and doors are an inexpensive way to reduce the air flow and output of your system, making it work harder and use more electricity.
Unplug unused appliances.
Many appliances use energy whether they are plugged in or not. This is also known as phantom energy. Save some green by unplugging any appliances that you aren't using.
Do you use a dehumidifier or space heater?
Dehumidifiers and space heaters can use a lot of electricity. Purchase an ENERGY STAR® dehumidifier to be sure the unit is energy-efficient. Running a space heater in the winter? Be sure to unplug your space heater when not in use.
Check out the Build It Right videos.
Check out Build It Right videos to see how you can save even more energy when remodeling or building your home.