US households spend almost $2,000 a year on home utility bills, and pretty much everywhere you look around your home, you could be making savings – for example simply by lowering your heating thermostat overnight when you’re tucked up under the blankets. Pushing down your overnight thermostat setting so it’s 10 degrees lower than during the day can cut your heating bill by 10%. Reducing it one degree during the day will add further to the piggy bank.
You can also lower your water heater thermostat (120 degrees is recommended), while upping the temperature at which your air conditioning kicks in, installing a solar-power attic fan and using room fans instead of the whole AC unit. Other ways you can make energy saving in the home include:
It’s a good idea to conduct your own informal energy audit of your home, going from room to room, inspecting appliances, insulation, lighting and thermostat settings, so you can identify the best opportunities to make big savings.
Being energy-wise is often a state of mind. It’s easy to overlook opportunities to save. There are two improtant things you can do that can make a big difference. First, post sticky notes by switches, appliances and in your car to jog memory. Second, and perhaps most important, educate others, especially children – you’ll be teaching them a valuable lesson for the rest of their lives.