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Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency at Home

Everyone wants to do what they can to conserve energy use and lower their monthly bills, but do you really know how to go about making that happen?

If you’re a tenant, you might be stuck for ways to make a larger impact than just swapping out light bulbs, although that is a very good start and can help more than you may think. Adding together a string of small changes can increase the impact you’re looking for.

Here are some ideas to help reduce energy bills and increase energy efficiency:

Replace light bulbs: Replacing regular bulbs with LED bulbs may cost a little more but the LED bulbs last much longer and pull less electricity when in use. You can lower your upfront cost by replacing only those bulbs that are used every day and leaving the bulbs in place that get moderate or little use.

Unplug when not in use: Make sure battery chargers, power adapters, kitchen appliances, radios, televisions, and computers that are not in use are unplugged at the wall, not just turned off. Even though the item is turned off, the outlet is still generating energy if the item is plugged in. Purchase a smart power strip that will automatically cut the electricity flow once items are turned off.

Use ENERGY STAR electronics: ENERGY STAR rated products are also found in the consumer electronics department, and not just the home appliance store. Consumer electronics make up 15% of household electricity use (deduct 15% from your electric bill to get an idea of how much cost your consumer electronics are costing every month). You can lower the electricity used by purchasing products that are more efficient and designed to manage electrical usage better.

Use ceiling fans properly: In the summer, ceiling fan blades should operate counter clockwise to force cooler air down into the room. In the winter, the blades should operate in reverse, or clockwise, at a low speed to pull warmer air down into the room (there should be a switch at the neck of the fan that reverses blade direction).  On hot summer days, turn up the thermostat two degrees (from 68 to 70) and use the ceiling fan at a higher speed with the blades operating in counter clockwise position. This should help reduce a/c costs up to 14%.

References:

Residential Energy Services Network: Home Energy Savings Tips

Hansen Wholesale: Ceiling Fan Direction