Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PressExposure) November 05, 2009 -- Get Rid of That Old Analog Thermostat:
Heating and cooling your home is one of the largest energy users. Switching to a programmable digital thermostat can reduce your monthly spend and environmental footprint dramatically. Thermostats should be programmed to match your schedule. Turn down the thermostat when you are out of the house or asleep. Users typically save 10% to 15% on their monthly heating and cooling bill.
Change Your Light Bulbs:
By far the easiest of all the items on the list, switching to energy efficient light bulbs such as CFLs or LEDs can reduce your energy consumption dramatically. A new CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb) will last up to ten times longer and use 80% less energy than incandescent light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs also have new technologies with a range of fun new features. Talk to your local lighting expert for more information or to create a new lighting plan for your home or business.
Use EnergyStarâ¢ Appliances:
When buying new appliances such as dishwashers, TVs, and washers look for the Energy Star logo. EnergyStarâ¢ rated appliance use between 10% to 50% less energy than inefficient models. While initial cost may be higher, the payback over time is well worth it, both for the homeowner and the Earth.
Insulate the Home:
Insulation saves energy in both hot and cold weather. In hot climates the insulation prevents heat transfer the home, while in cooler climates the insulation traps the heat inside. There is a wide choice of eco-friendly materials to use, from energy-efficient spray foam to blown-in cellulose. Quality double-pane windows can also help tremendously.
Turn Off or Unplug Appliances When Not in Use:
This is an easy one. When you are not using an appliance simply turn it off. Some smart appliances (such as instant-on TVs and computers) use energy even when turned off. If they are not being used for an extended period of time unplug them to reduce your energy consumption.