Friday, October 15, 2010
Tips to Lower your Utility/Energy Bill and put money in YOUR pocket
Tips to Lower your Utility/Energy Bill
1. Adjust your thermostat. As a rule of thumb, every degree you lower a thermostat's set temperature in the winter or raise it in the summer will save 1% of energy costs over an 8 hour period.
Wisconsin weather is calling for thermostats to be turned on soon.... so lower your thermostat at night and use extra blankets on your bed. Not home during the day? Then adjust accordingly.
2. Turn down the water heater temperature to a maximum 120 degrees. Lower it to 80 degrees if you are going to be away from home for more than a couple days. If you have a gas water heater, this tactic will save you gas, not electricity.
3. The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in the home. To operate at maximum efficiency the door should only be opened briefly and adjust the COLD control according to the manufacturer's directions. Vacuum refrigerator coils to remove excess dust.
4. Unplug appliances like microwaves, stereo's, VCRs and printers that do not have to be plugged in all the time, but use energy when plugged in. Simply unplugging these appliances can save a lot of energy.
5. Use the microwave as much as possible, instead of heating up the stove or oven.
6. Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with high efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, which use from about one quarter to one third the energy to produce the same amount of light. Though most cost more than conventional lights, they last up to 13x longer.
7. Don't use nightlights that remain plugged in an outlet. Instead, use motion sensor night lights that only light when they detect motion.
8. To help lower water bill, install low-flow shower heads and toilets. Take shorter showers and turn the water off while brushing teeth. Collect rain water in a container and use that water to water your plants.