Posted On: September 24, 2019
What are you doing to celebrate Energy Efficiency Day? Here are some tips from Volusia County's Environmental Management Division to help you save money on energy bills, cut carbon and breathe easier.
1. To save money on energy bills, switch to energy efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances, certified by the U.S. Department of Energy. On average, home appliances – including clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, air purifiers and humidifiers – will account for 20% of your home’s total electric bill.
2. Replace burnt out bulbs with LED lights. LED light bulbs last at least 25 times longer and consume up to 90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs. By switching five of your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs, it’s possible to save $75 on energy costs annually.
3. To cool and heat efficiently, install a programmable thermostat to avoid heating or cooling an empty home. On average, cooling and heating accounts for almost half of a home’s energy consumption. Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors to save up to 20% on energy costs.
4. Close blinds and shades: excess sunlight will make it harder to keep your home cool and comfortable. During the day, keep your blinds and shades closed to prevent warm air from building up in your home.
5. Maintain your HVAC system and clean/change your HVAC filters regularly. A dirty filter slows air flow, making the system work harder to keep you cool and costing you more money. Follow the U.S. Department of Energy recommended temperatures and be energy-efficient all year.
6. Turn off unnecessary lights, appliances and electronics. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill. That sounds easy, but we often forget and leave electronics plugged in that are not in use. Your mobile phone only takes a couple of hours to charge, avoid leaving it plugged in overnight.
For more tips, visit www.energyefficiencyday.org/ways-to-save-on-your-next-energy-bill.