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Shocked (pun intended) at this month’s energy bill? Even owning certified energy-saving appliances, can’t guarantee that your home is energy efficient. Follow these steps to help increase the performance of your home’s systems and lower energy costs. And bonus: you’ll be helping the planet as well as your wallet.
What's in it for you?
- Lower energy costs
- Increase systems/appliance performance
- Protect the environment
Check and clean your appliances: Follow these steps to get an estimate of how long your appliances run for, and calculate which appliances are using the most energy. Once you have an estimate, clean and replace parts of your key appliances to help them run more efficiently.
Replace your lightbulbs: Replace the existing incandescent light bulbs in your home for smarter LED bulbs. On average LED light bulbs are 85% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Bonus: they also last longer than incandescent light bulbs, meaning fewer replacements.
Seal your windows: If your closed windows still have leaks or drafts, install weather stripping around your windows. This will help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter and reduce the need to run your HVAC system.
Remember to unplug: Unplug all of your chargers and devices from outlets when you’re not using them, to stop pulling any extra energy from your power grid. This includes your cellphone and laptop chargers, TV, stereo, gaming console, and other larger electronics.
Wash and dry smarter: Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot to save on the energy used to heat the water in your washing machine. Regularly cleaning your dryer’s lint filter will also improve its energy efficiency.
Pro Tip: Setting up a clothesline to dry your clothes can eliminate the need to use your dryer during warmer months.
- Get a professional assessment: Schedule a visit from a local energy auditor or use online tools to get a personalized list of recommendations for your home. They can help you determine how much energy you’re consuming overall, and where your home uses (or loses) it the most. These visits are sometimes offered for free in certain areas, so check with your local company.