Whether you’re looking stay cool in the hot summer months or during the long winter, whenever you save energy within your household you are also saving money. We have tips that help you save money while also staying comfortable.
1. Replace your light bulbs
LED bulbs use 70% - 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer. Lighting makes up about 12% of your homes energy usage. Energy efficient bulb are more expensive off the shelf, their efficient energy use and longer service lives mean that they cost less in the long run. Energy efficient bulbs are clear winners in terms environmental and financial benefits
2. Purchase energy efficient appliances
Household appliances account for about 13% of the average home electric bill. ENERGY STAR appliances use 10% - 20% less energy than standard appliances. This helps save money and the environment. For example, ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers consume 25% less energy and 45% less water than conventional ones, whereas ENERGY STAR refrigerators use only 9% less energy.
3. Improve the efficiency of your HVAC system
Upgrade your system – higher efficiency central air conditioners use about 14% less. Receive up to $1,000 rebates on new energy-efficient air conditioner or heat pump and save about $150 in energy costs each year.
Upgrading to a U.S. South ENERGY STAR certification can save you up to 12% on your heating bill or an average of $36 per year. If you’ve been running into several problems in your heating and air conditioning equipment, don’t spend your hard-earned money on repairs or high energy bills. Rather than suffering through another year of record breaking temperatures, invest in a new system and enjoy more comfortable home. With fewer repair appointments, more efficient cooling, and lower energy bills, a new home comfort system could save you money.
4. Reduce air conditioning usage in the summer
Set your thermostat to 75 degrees in the summer. At night an ideal temperature comfort range for American drops to 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer set your thermostat 5 degrees higher than your ideal temperature when you leave the house.
5. Reduce heating usage in the winter
Set your thermostat to 70 degrees or lower when home and lower when you are asleep or away. Set your thermostat 5 degrees lower than your ideal temperature when you leave the house.
6. Reduce leaks in the ducts
Air ducts are one of the most important systems in our home, and if the ducts are poorly sealed or insulated they are likely contributing to higher energy bills. Ducts that leaks heated air into unheated spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling bills, you can reduce that loss by sealing and insulating your ducts.
7. Weatherize your house
Weatherize air leaks around your home is great way to reduce your heating and cooling expenses. Most common air leaks are vents, windows, and doors. Weather stripping around pieces that do move, like windows and doors. Ensure that there are no cracks or openings between the wall and vent, window, or door frame. Caulk between materials that don’t move, like around the chimney and outdoor overhangs.
8. Insulate your house
Insulation is silently hidden in your walls, with no moving parts to fix, it’s the material you might spend precious little time to think about. An insulating materials resistance to conductive heat flow is measured in terms of it’s thermal resistance or R-value—the higher the value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The level of insulation you should install depends on the area of your house. There are five main areas where you should consider adding insulation: attic, walls, floors, basement, and crawlspace.
9. Understand your home how it uses energy
It is important that we understand our energy consumption, To help us better understand on how it uses energy please see this link: http://www.entergy-arkansas.com/global/your_home/pdfs/meter.pdf
10. Adjust your day to day behavior like turning off the lights when you leave the room.