Power bills giving you the blues? That’s a common problem when the weather is blazing hot, the air conditioner is running full-blast, and then the mailman drops off that dreaded envelope. It’s also common in the dead of winter, when the heater is cranked up to eleven. Some energy-saving upgrades take a lot of time, effort and/or money, like window replacements, adding new insulation, replacing inefficient appliances. But some steps are easy. For the lazy DIY’er, here’s a list of simple tactics to save energy around the home—so simple you won’t even break a sweat. RETHINK YOUR LIGHT BULBS Compared to the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, new CFL or LED bulbs use only a fraction of the electricity. They produce the same brightness (lumens) while using fewer watts, plus they last longer for less frequent bulb replacements. CFL or LED bulbs are not all the same, however, when it comes to performance. Bulbs certified with the U.S. DOE’s Energy Star label indicate they’ve undergone extensive testing. An Energy Star-certified light bulb uses about 70 to 90 percent less energy and lasts 10-25 times longer. Plus, most Energy Star LED bulbs are dimmable (check the package for more information). USE YOUR CEILING FAN Remember that a ceiling fan uses less energy than your air- conditioner, so use the fan to lower your energy bill and still stay comfortable. Just be sure to turn it off when you leave the room. One often-overlooked aspect of a ceiling fan is its Reverse feature. Your fan probably has a directional switch on the motor, so reverse your fan in winter to produce a gentle updraft, forcing warm air that hovers near the ceiling down into the living space.
Do Your Part (the Lazy Way) Six Simple Ways to Save Energy
An Energy Star-certified CFL or LED light bulb uses about 70 to 90 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and lasts 10-25 times longer.