Home energy costs are on the rise — but you can lower your utility bills with these time-tested energy saving ideas…
Use energy efficient light bulbs — or simply turn off unneeded lights.
Use motion-detector lights for all outdoor lighting. let dishes dry in the dishwasher without the heat setting — and wash clothes in cold water.
Clean or replace air filters in your heating and cooling systems regularly.
Seal leaks around windows and doors.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees.
Plug your electronics into a power strip and then turn the strip off when they’re not in use.
Plant a shade tree on the sunny side of your home.
When purchasing appliances, look at Energy Star ratings to find the most efficient models.
For more costly projects like installing new windows, doors, attic insulation or roofing — keep in mind that there are often rebates and incentives tied to purchasing more energy efficient options.
Implement some of these ideas and you’ll be helping the environment — and your pocketbook — at the same time!