1. Upgrade to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
One easy DIY tip is to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. LED bulbs use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and they last up to 25x longer!
2. Lower Your Thermostat Temperature When You’re Not at Home
If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping, which can save you up to 10% on your heating and cooling costs every year.
3. Set Your Fridge to the Correct Temperature
One of the biggest energy hogs in most homes is the refrigerator. Make sure your fridge is set to between 37-40°F. Also, keep your fridge and freezer as full as possible. Empty fridges lose more cold air every time the door is opened.
4. Reduce Standby or “Phantom Power”
Many appliances and electronics in your home are using electricity even when you’re not using them. Combined, this can add to up to 10% of your home’s electricity use. Unplug your appliances when they aren’t in use, and use power strips to make it easy to turn off multiple devices at once.
5. Use Your Shades Year-Round
Use shades to block out sunlight in the summer. This can help keep your home cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning. In the winter, opening your shades during the day can allow sunlight in and help warm your home naturally, reducing the need for heating. Then, you can close your shades at night to keep heat inside.