Here are a few quick tips on how you can cut energy costs this year:
1. Phantom energy loss:
Look around your house and count how many electrical devices you have. Computer, printer, television, DVD player, etc. are all sitting there sucking up electricity even if they are turned off. Most devices are still running on phantom energy. Save that energy by unplugging them or use power strips and flip the switch OFF whenever they are not in use.
2. Check for air leaks:
Over time, windows and doors lose their seals to keep out cold air. Check for cracks or any openings around the house that are allowing outside air to come inside. Good insulation can drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs.
3. Use Sleep mode:
Your screensaver slide show is cute but did you know that screensaver mode uses approximately 100 Watts per hour? Get in the habit of using your sleep mode which makes your screen go black. It’s not as pretty but it will save you energy.
4. CFL light bulb energy
Switch out your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) last up to 10 times longer and use 1/4 of the energy that incandescents consume.