The Consumer Federation of America has identified 12 ways consumers can save. These tips can help consumers with energy-saving ideas that also save money. Energy takes a huge bite out of household budgets. Families on average spend $2,200 each … #savingenergy
Saving energy and money go “hand in hand” and today the Consumer Federation of America has identified 12 simple ways consumers can save both as the nation celebrates its first Energy Efficiency Day (October 5, 2016). Today, CFA joins thousands of organizations, companies, and individuals in a nationwide effort to become more energy independent, improve the environment, and save households hundreds of dollars in unnecessary energy costs.
“As one of the nation’s leading consumer organizations, we’re pleased to provide consumers with energy-saving tips that also save money. CFA long been a strong supporter of energy efficient policies and practices, especially those that benefit consumers’ pocketbooks. And Energy Efficiency Day is an important reminder of the importance of protecting America’s future”, said Mel Hall-Crawford, CFA’s Energy Projects Director. “Energy takes a huge bite out of household budgets with the typical family spending about $2200 each year on utility bills. So today is an opportunity to highlight some simple ways to put some of that money back into consumers’ pockets,” said Hall-Crawford. “By participating in Energy Efficiency Day, we’re empowering consumers with energy saving tools they can use to save money, help the environment and our economy. It’s a win-win-win!”
CFA’s 12 TIPS TO SAVE ENERGY DOLLARS
- AIR DRY: Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- TURN IT OFF: Use timers and motion detectors to turn off lights and be sure to unplug TV entertainment systems when travelling (use power strips for easy on/off switching) and don’t leave your computer and monitor on needlessly.
- DON’T GET BURNED WITH HOT WATER: Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120F. Water heaters are the second highest source of energy use in the home.
- FILL IT UP, PLEASE: Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- KEEP ‘EM CLEAN: Check furnace, heat pump, and AC filters once a month and replace them regularly. A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and cause problems with your equipment.
- GET A CHECK UP: Get your heating system checked up once a year. A licensed professional will make sure that your system is operating efficiently an
- d safely. Checkups can identify problems early.
- STOP THE BREEZE: Caulk and weather-strip around drafty doors and windows.
- GET AN AUDIT: Your utility company may offer free energy audits that can identify expensive energy losses in your basement, unfinished rooms, attics and leaky ductwork. Sealing your ducts can give big savings on energy bills and help keep you from turning up the thermostat because of one cold room.
- TAKE A WALK: Circle your home with an easy-to-use spray foam insulation and look for openings and gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights, windows and basement brick and cement work.
- GET WITH THE PROGRAM: Install a programmable thermostat which automatically adjusts the temperature during the day or at night, keeping you from forgetting as you dash off to work. A programmable thermostat can save you up to $100 a year.
- STAY BRIGHT: As “old-school” incandescent light bulbs burn out, replace them with new, light emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) and save about $90 a year in electricity costs. You pay more up-front, but shop around, prices are dropping. They use up to 25% less energy, can last up to twelve times longer and light like the old fashioned ones do.
- BE A STAR: Look for products and appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. They meet strict new energy efficiency criteria that will reduce your utility bills and help the environment. ENERGY STAR clothes washers, for example, use approximately 40% less water and 25% less energy for washing than standard models.
There’s a new resolution in town. Americans still see losing weight, spending less, and (finally!) getting organized as top goals, but these days we’re adding a new ambition: “Save energy.” However, we are often unsure how to accomplish this without biting the bullet and giving up the comfortable lifestyle we’re used to. So how to get started? Try these 8 painless energy-saving tips.
- Set up a programmable thermostat. Once it’s up on your wall, you just need to literally “set it and forget it” to enjoy the benefits of energy savings on an ongoing basis. The thermostat will automatically regulate your home’s heating and cooling system temperatures to reduce power consumption while you are away from home or asleep.
- Save on hot water for your shower in several ways. Insulate hot water pipes to keep the water hotter — this will pay off in the kitchen and laundry room as well. Install a low-flow aerating showerhead. Adjust the water temperature a degree or two lower than usual (you’ll scarcely notice the difference) and make your shower a minute or two shorter. And if you’re a truly hardcore energy saver, look into drain water heat recovery. That’s a very green technology which utilizes leftover heat from your shower, washing machine, or dishwasher water after it flows down the drain.
- Install a light tube, the low-cost way to import more natural daylight into a dim room. Not only will you find yourself flicking the switch to turn on the electric light less often, you’ll enjoy the mood uplifting benefits that come along with a healthy helping of natural sunlight.
- Set your fridge for efficiency. You don’t need to go below 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit to store your food safely, as long as your refrigerator seal is in good shape. Wrap or cover food before putting it inside; cutting down on the moisture in your fridge puts less of a strain on the compressor. I recently read a great energy-efficient refrigeration tip: Place (shallow) storage containers in the fridge a half hour or more before you plan to scoop hot food into them. This will cool down the contents to safe temperatures quicker and minimize the amount you’ll raise refrigerator temperature.
- Plant a hedge of (attractive, curb-appeal-adding) shrubbery around your home. Be sure that the bushes will shade your A/C’s outdoor unit. Leave about one foot between the plantings and your exterior wall to act as an insulating air space, which will keep your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This trick is especially useful on the side of your home that faces the wind.
- Hang energy-saving curtains or blinds. What an inexpensive, easy-to-manage method of keeping out cold air in winter and hot sun in summer! If you happen to be renting your current home, you can readily pack up your green window treatments when you’re ready to move out.
- Supplement your HVAC system with rotating fans. These will circulate the warmed or cooled air more efficiently and allow you to set your thermostat 4 degrees lower without sacrificing comfort. Fans are much less energy-greedy than central heating or air conditioning.
- Buy an Energy Star-certified oven when it’s time to replace your old one. Then try this energy-efficient tip. The less you open your oven while it’s on, the more heat you will save. Keep the window clean so that you can peek through to check how your chicken or casserole is browning. There’s no need to preheat unless you’re about to bake a complicated souffle (and as an avid cook, I’ve successfully tried skipping the preheat step for everything from roast veggies to chocolate chip cookies). Turn off the oven 5-15 minutes ahead of schedule, depending on the size of whatever you’re baking or roasting. The residual heat will finish the cooking process just fine, thank you.
Laura Firszt writes for networx.com.
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