Conserving energy is not only important, it’s easy! Here are some helpful tips that show you how to conserve energy, in big ways and small.
Tips for Saving Gasoline and Money:
- Slow down. Each five mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional 21 cents per gallon of gasoline.
- Avoid aggressive driving like speeding, fast acceleration and hard braking. This can improve your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and five percent around town.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed and improve mileage.
- Replace dirty air filters. A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as ten percent.
- Make sure your tires are prperly inflated and aligned. This can improve gas mileage by three percent.
- Use the correct grade of oil. Using the wrong grade can reduce gas mileage by one to two percent.
Summer Saving Tips:
- Set the air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher. For every degree you raise the thermostat, you could be saving up to three percent on cooling costs.
- Keep blinds, curtains and windows closed during the day.
- Plant trees to shade your home. Newly planted trees will begin shading windows in their first year and will reach your roof in five to ten years.
- Use ceiling fans. They provide a breeze that can make you feel at least five degrees cooler, allowing you to turn up your air conditioner.
Winter Saving Tips
- Install weather stripping to eliminate spaces between a door and frame. A tiny 1/16” space is equivalent to leaving a window open three inches.
- Turn your thermostat down to 68 degrees or lower. Each degree you raise the thermostat can increase your home heating bill by as much as three percent.
- Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
- Seal cracks with caulk and install outlet seals.
- Change furnace filters often to improve the efficiency of your unit.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature at night or when you’re away.
Year-Round Energy & Money Saving Tips:
- Replace the five most-used light bulbs in your house with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They last up to ten times longer than regular bulbs and can save you around $25 to $30 per bulb in energy costs over their lifetime.
- Unplug appliances you are not using. Many draw electricity when not in use.
- Wash clothes in cold water. About 80 to 85 percent of the energy used for washing clothes is used to heat the water.
- Lower the thermostate on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take a shower instead of a bath. A five minute shower can use up to 50 percent less hot water than a bath.