Did you know that…
- A typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 annually on their utility bill, where an average 43% is spent on heating and cooling
- Much of that energy generated by fossil fuels is wasted, where a single home often puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars!
To cut your energy use and save money, take these conservation steps:
SAVE WITH LIGHTING: Replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb with an 18-watt LED bulb can save you up to $45 in energy costs over the life of the LED. CFL and LED bulbs typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money!
KICK PHANTOM LOADS: Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These "phantom" loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance. We may not notice it, but standby power is a big issue. It accounts for 5-10% of residential energy use, costing the average U.S. household $100 per year.
SEAL THE DEAL: Improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort by finding and sealing any air leaks. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows and seal any air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls or floors.
GET PROGRAMMED: The average household spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills – nearly half on heating and cooling. Set your home heat to 68 °F to maximize savings.
SET & INSULATE: Set your water heater to 120°F and insulate your electric hot-water storage tank (follow manufacturers instructions) and insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
LET IT FLOW: Keep air vents clean and regularly check your dryer vent. Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month.
ASSESS & GO LOW-FLOW: Always watch for leaks and fix dripping water and install low-flow aerators on your faucets and showerheads to save
OPTIMIZE LOADS: Clothes washing is one of the most water consumptive practices, using on average 32 gallons of water per wash, where automatic dishwashing uses on average 12 gallons of water and hand washing uses only 4 gallons. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes to conserve water and save energy and dollars.
AIR DRY: It costs about $0.49 a load, on average, to dry clothes in the U.S. at $0.12 per kilowatt hour. Save about $82.00 per year by choosing to air drying clothes