Energy Saving Ideas for Winter (The Sequel)
Last month we offered some valuable tips to lower your energy costs this winter without lowering your comfort level. Here are seven more cool tips from the U.S. Department of Energy that will help you conserve both energy and cash this holiday season.
Insulate Your Home. You can prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering your home – thereby lowering your heating bills – by insulating your home. Insulation is a practical and cost-effective way to make a house more energy-efficient, keeping it warmer in winter and cooler in the summer. It can also provide health benefits by helping reduce mold and dampness.
Install ENERGY STAR® Doors and Windows. Doors and windows are places where warm air can easily escape. Energy-efficient doors and windows with the ENERGY STAR rating have better quality insulation, which can help save energy and money.
Use LED Holiday Lights. Light-emitting diodes, better known as LEDs, are at least 75% more efficient and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lights. Use LEDs to light your holiday festivities, and light the way to energy savings.
Use Lighting Controls. You can save additional money on your electricity bill by using motion sensor and timer controls. These devices can help save energy by regulating the amount of time the lights are on. This will use less electricity, which in turn will help decrease your energy costs.
Turn Off the Lights. If you are vacationing this winter, you can save energy by making sure that most lights are turned off. If you want to activate a few lights for security reasons, use timers and get the benefits of both this tip and the previous one. Not only will you use less energy, you’ll also extend the life of your lights.
Lower the Water Temperature. One significant way to reduce energy consumption if you're away on vacation is to simply lower the temperature on your water heater. If you'll be gone for three or more consecutive days, set your water heater to its lowest setting. Some heaters even have a pre-set “vacation” setting.
Unplug Electronics. Everyday appliances like TVs, computers, gaming consoles and streaming devices continue to draw a small amount of power even when they are switched off. Unplug these electronics or use a power strip to cut the power and avoid costly "vampire" loads.
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