With scorching temperatures outside come high air-conditioning bills next month.
The first tip on saving energy has to do with the setting on your thermostat. Can you stand your room one degree warmer? If you won’t notice it, go ahead and change it.
Here are more low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy and money, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Turn things off when you are not in the room, such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, your computer and monitor.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees F.
- Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air dry clothes.
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
- Look for the Energy Star label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics and other products. Energy Star products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Visit energysavers.gov for more energy-saving ideas. - Information from Department of Energy