15 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill This Month

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 28, 2011

1. Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.

2. Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.

3. One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is to add insulation to your attic. Check out the unique way we’re doing this at Shea Homes here in Phoenix.

4. During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

5. If you have a heat pump, don’t set back its thermostat manually if it causes the electric resistance heating to come on. This type of heating, which is often used as a backup to the heat pump, is more expensive.

6. Clean or change air filters once every four to six weeks.

7. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

8. If your air conditioner is old, consider purchasing a new, energy-efficient model. You could save up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling. For more information on energy efficient appliances, click here.

9. Install aerating, high efficiency faucets and showerheads.

10. Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.

11. Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. The type of water tank you have determines the steps to take, so follow the manufacturer’s advice.

12. Be sure to buy ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. They will save you about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime

13. CFL’s also produce about 75% less heat, they are safer to operate and can cut home cooling costs.

14. Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.

15. Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy. Most bare spiral CFLs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather.

For a complete list of tips, visit www.energysavers.gov.

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