Energy Saving Tips for Your Home in the New Year

When a new year rolls around, we typically make resolutions on how to make ourselves a better person. Be it to lose weight and get fit, or to save money for that next big purchase, New Years is a time for personal reflection and promises for a brighter future. One such promise can be to use less energy, leaving a smaller ecological footprint to help preserve the Earth for many more generations to come — the best gift we can give to our children.

Credit: fsse8info via Flickr

Credit: fsse8info via Flickr

Here are energy saving tips you can use to do your part:

  • Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer and use 66% less energy than the commonly used incandescent light bulbs. They also generate 70 percent less heat, helping you cut energy costs associated with cooling your home.
  • Set your computer to hibernate mode. This will turn your computer off after a period of time and will not require you to reload when you return. Allowing your computer monitor to sleep will save the same amount of electricity as using a 60-watt light bulb.
  • Wipe down the condenser coils of your refrigerator. Clean coils can increase the efficiency of your refrigerator by up to 30 percent.
  • Unplug chargers for cell phones, cameras, and laptops when not being used.
  • Set your entertainment center up on a single power strip to allow you to turn your TV, stereo and cable box off with one switch.
  • Check the insulation around your home. Take a look at the caulking and weather stripping around the windows and doors, as well as the insulation in the attic, walls and crawlspaces. Replace or touch-up if needed.
  • Check the filter in your air conditioner and heater. An air conditioner with a dirty filter will use 5 percent more energy than one with a clean filter.
  • Look for the Energy Star label when purchasing new appliances for your home. If you were to replace all of your current appliances with Energy Star certified ones, there would be a 30 percent reduction in the energy consumption of your house.
Credit: mjtmail (tiggy) via Flickr

Credit: mjtmail (tiggy) via Flickr

Best of luck on your 2014 resolutions — we look forward to hearing about your successes! For additional information on saving energy, visit WeatherBug Home and http://www.energystar.gov/.

 

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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

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