With Earth Day 2015 just a couple days away, here are 10 simple things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
- Wrap your water heater with an insulation jacket. The Department of Energy says this $30 fix could save you 4%-6% on your water heating cost.
- Install a programable thermostat. EnergyStar says a programable thermostat may save you up to $180 per year on your heating and cooling cost.
- Check and change your furnace filter every 30 days. A dirty filter slows down the air movement in your ducts causing your furnace and air conditioner to work longer and harder costing your more and wearing out your equipment sooner.
- Install CFL or LED light bulbs. These bulbs use significantly less energy, upto 70% – 90% less and last significantly longer.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. EnergyStar states that 90% of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water.
- Close the fireplace flue damper tightly when not in use. An open flue allows the warm air your furnace is producing a quick escape route and makes your furnace work longer and harder…and you spending more money.
- Find and fix leaky faucets. A faucet leaking 1 drip per second will add up to over 1600 gallons of water per year.
- Cover pots and pans when cooking on the stove. This traps the heat in, increasing cooking temperature and possibly reducing cooking time.
- Have your heating and cooling system professionally tuned up each season. This keeps your system operating at maximum efficiency and helps reduce breakdowns and failures in the future.
- Turn off lights and fans when you are not in a room. This is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy and money. The EnergyStar program says its cost about $20 per year to leave one light on for 8 hours a day.
For more energy saving tips, you can visit www.energystar.gov