Contrary to popular belief, Summer is coming, and the warm weather will be here before we know it! As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”, right? In the meantime, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can save energy once the warmer weather rolls in.
- Upgrade old appliances. It’s important to keep in mind the lifetime of your appliances or electronics. If you are looking into upgrading your appliances, check their Energy Star rating to ensure savings over the lifetime of the product. Energy Star products have saved consumers $6 billion on energy bills, according to energystar.gov. These products also reduced pollution equivalent to about 12 million cars.
- Switch out lightbulbs to LED’s. Replacing your older lightbulbs with newer more efficient LED’s can be a simple way to save money and energy. Taking the top 4-5 most used lightbulbs in your house and upgrading them to LED’s can save you around $75 a year.
- Embrace technology. Look into installing a programmable thermostat in your household. By implementing one at your residence, you are able to better manage your heating and cooling needs more specifically. According to energystar.gov, nearly half of a household’s energy bills go towards heating and cooling costs. “Homeowners can save about $180 per year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.” – energystar.gov.
- When the sun shines, let it in. Many of us are looking forward to that bright sun shining through our windows, and we couldn’t agree more! If it’s still fairly cool out and heating your home is still required, let the sunshine in to warm your rooms and turn your heat down.
- Get creative when cooking. It might not be in the upper 70s and 80s right now, but there are a few days in the week when cooking on the grill might be a good option. Get creative with new items to cook on the grill and push the heat from cooking, outside. It’s also help you to get some fresh air and serve up some tasty meals.