As the temperatures drop, you might be bracing for a spike in your energy bill. The average U.S. household spends half its utility bills on heating and cooling the home. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, you could actually be LOWERING your energy bills even while turning up the heat this winter or cranking up the A/C in the summer. These energy saving tips can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Energy Saving Tips
- Save up $250 a year by properly insulating your home
- Choose Energy Star® certified appliances to cut your power use up to 35 percent a year
- Energy Star certified ceiling fans are 60 percent more energy efficient than standard fixtures
- Programmable thermostats can save up to $180 a year
- Changing your furnace filters every three months can save up to $100 a year
- Unplug electronics when they’re not in use to save more than $100 a year
- LED light bulbs use 84 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last 25 times longer
- Contact your power company for a home energy audit, and ask for energy rebate programs (and check out our online home energy audit to see how much you can save)
The Home Depot has more energy saving tips. Visit our Eco Options website for more– from a free home efficiency audit, to videos that show you how to insulate your attic.