By taking a few simple steps, you can help to reduce the nation's overall energy demand and put more money back in your pocket. If you decide to make larger energy saving investments such as solar panels and geothermal coils, the savings you will accrue will overtime pay for the cost of the improvement. If you don't have the time or money to make these large home investments here are a simple tips on how you can save energy around your home.
- Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs.
- Turn off lights and other electronics when leaving the room.
- Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
- Have dryer vents professionally cleaned.
- Close blinds in the summer and open them in the winter.
- Have your air ducts inspected and cleaned.
- Cook outside on your grill more.
- Use a power strip for electric appliances that you can turn on and off.