Energy Saving Tips for Your Family

Saving energy isn’t just about saving a few dollars a month on your utility bills anymore. Ecologically conscious families realize that they need to do their part to reduce the amount of energy they’re consuming, in order to have a healthy and safe planet for years to come.

Unfortunately, many families simply don’t know where to start. The good news is that it’s not hard to implement some energy saving practices, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money doing it, either.

Here are some quick and easy energy saving tips for your family:

  1. Change your air filters every month. Some heating and cooling units use 3-month filters, so if that’s the case then you can go a little longer. Clean filters means your heating and cooling unit doesn’t have to chug so hard.

  3. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. There was a big public push to do this back in the 1970s, but it’s still a good idea today. Consider switching out to a programmable thermostat so you can adjust the temperature based on when the house is empty, too.

  5. Put your outside lights on a timer, or switch them out for solar powered lights. That way, you won’t have to worry about remembering to turn them off or on when you leave the house, and you’ll save some energy in the process.

  7. Replace your incandescent bulbs. Today’s CFL bulbs come in a variety of light types. Try out several until you find the “heat” that you like.

  9. Identify potential energy leaks. Your attic and basement should be insulated. Check around windows to make sure there aren’t any drafts. Consider switching out to storm windows if at all possible.

  11. Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use. Put your entertainment center on a power strip so you can turn it off at night. Unplug cell phone chargers when you’re not charging your phone. Experts tell us that between 5% and 10% of a home’s energy use goes to appliances and electronics that aren’t being used at the time.

A few simple steps can save quite a bit on your energy bill, and protect the planet to boot.

What kinds of things does your family do to save energy?

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