Saving energy was one of the original purposes of Daylight Savings Time. With the days being longer, it’s thought that you use less energy to light your home. Well, that’s one way to save energy in your home, but according to Energy Star, lighting generally only accounts for about 12% of your energy bill. I don’t know about you, but I could use some other ideas! With my spring project list expanding, I would really love it if my BGE bill would lighten up ($50 off my BGE bill = $50 towards my new deck).
Here are some tips on how to save energy:
1. According to Energy Star, heating and cooling accounts for close to half of the average household’s total energy use. Keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees or lower in the winter and 78 degrees or higher in the summer to see your energy bill decrease.
2. As we finish out the winter season, open your blinds during the day to let the sun in. As the weather gets warmer, you got it – do just the opposite and keep the blinds closed.
3. Wash your clothes using cold water, and run your washing machine and dishwasher at night to take advantage of off-peak hours. Some newer dishwashers have timers that you can set to run at night.
4. Take shorter, cooler showers. Besides saving energy, this is also a refreshing way to cool off on hot summer days. If you can’t live without your hot showers, keep reading – we’ve got you covered.
5. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. While they cost a little bit more than conventional incandescent bulbs, they are a huge energy saver. According to The Home Depot, compact fluorescent bulbs use approximately 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and last about ten times longer.
You can get a more detailed guide to saving energy in your home from BGE Home’s Energy Saving Center.
Be sure to click on the Energy Saving Tips link, and download this brochure.
The tip that was screaming at me? Stop waiting for warm water (before your shower, washing your hands and face, etc.). Waiting for warm water can waste thousands of gallons a year. A hot water circulator pump and timer can provide instant hot water and help reduce your overall water usage.
Looks like I need to look into one of these hot water circulator pumps!
What are you going to do to save energy in your home?