Small changes in your daily routine can lead to big reductions in your energy use and carbon emission.
For example, switching to fluorescent lamps will give you three to five times more light for the same amount of electricity used by an incandescent lamp.
Here are some additional tips:
- Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortable when you are there and energy-saving when you are not.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Turn off your computer, and other electronics when not in use.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F (especially if you have young children).
- Wash full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Cut your energy use in half by washing with the warm or cold water instead of hot. Consider replacing older toilets with newer models that use less water.
- If you’re replacing your roof, boost energy savings by adding attic insulation. Consider adding solar panels at the same time.
- Seal ductwork to save energy and improve comfort and air quality. Leaking ducts can waste as much as 30 percent of the heat your furnace produces.
- Install compact fluorescent light (cfls) bulbs to cut lighting energy use by up to 75%. You’ll save in the long run because cfls can last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
- Your computer uses the same amount of power whether it’s in screen saver mode or in use. Switch your PC off if you’re going to be away for a while.
Government agencies are continually offering programs and incentives to encourage homeowners to upgrade their systems to make homes more efficient. Here are two sources to research those offerings:
Federal Tax Credits