Saving Money Household Tips
IF every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR label, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.
The Lighting Tips card below provides the money savings ideas to save you money when selecting new lighting choices as well as information on lumens and the lighting facts label.
Here are some easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy:
- Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) with the ENERGY STAR label.
- Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Turn off your computer and monitor 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.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Make sure your ac and heating are well maintained to avoid huge expenses later.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Visit www.energysavers.gov/ for more energy-saving ideas.