Start To Reduce Your Cost Of Energy

There are some easy and free ways to save on energy costs.

You can set your computers to sleep and hibernate.  When it is in sleep mode the computer uses less power and with hibernate it turns off the computer in such a way that you need not reload everything when you want to start working again.  If finished working for the day shut down the computer.

Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 120 – 130 degrees.  You may save more energy at a lower temperature, but you may run out of hot water and use more energy to increase the water temperature in your dishwasher.

During the day throughout the heating season when the sun is shining leave your drapes and blinds open to let in the sunlight.  At night close the drapes and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through the windows.  In summer keep the blinds closed during the day to keep the heat out.

If you have  appliances you rarely use unplug them.  Keep your battery charges unplugged when you are not using them.  Use a power strip on your television.  Even when you think it is off it is in a standby mode and using energy equal to burning a light bulb.

Remember to turn off lights you are not using.

Some other ways to save on energy costs are not free, but are not expensive.  Seal any gaps and cracks around windows, doors and siding with weather stripping and caulk.

In the summer use fans with your air conditioner so you don’t need to set the air conditioner so low.  The combination of the air conditioner with the fan circulating the cool air will make the room feel more comfortable.  There is no reason to run the fan when you are not there to benefit from it so turn the fan off when you leave.

Have regular checkups for your furnace and air conditioner and tune-ups for these appliances as needed.  Be sure to change filters as recommended.

Install water saving showerheads and faucet aerators to save on water consumption.

When it is time to replace appliances be sure you purchase energy efficient ones.

Just making some easy changes can help reduce your energy costs.