Do You Use Energy in Your Home Efficiently?
There is energy being used in your home all day and all night, every day and every night.
Energy is used to heat your home in the winter, cool it in the summer, it runs your appliances, home electronics and heats your hot water.
Energy is used constantly, can be very expensive and can be a drain on our our natural resources.
If everyone tried to cut their energy use by even just a little, it could make a big impact on pocketbooks and the environment.
Ideas to help cut energy consumption:
Electric lighting uses about 15% of a household’s electrical usage.
- By using new lighting technologies such as compact florescent light bulbs you can reduce lighting energy by 50% – 75%.
Heating and cooling accounts for about 43% of your utility usage.
- Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable in the summer and as low as is comfortable in the winter.
- Clean or replace furnace filters regularly.
- Clean warm air registers, baseboard heaters or radiators regularly and make sure they are not blocked by anything to insure good air movement.
- Turn off your exhaust fans from your kitchen or bath within 20 minutes of use to prevent loss of heat.
Windows can account for between 10% – 25% of your heating bill.
- Close your curtains and shades at night, and open during the day.
- Keep your southern exposed windows clean to allow the warmth of the sun in.
- Have storm windows installed if you don’t have them.
Appliances account for about 17% of your energy consumption.
- When shopping for new appliances, be sure to look for the Energy Star label. And keep in mind that each appliance not only costs what you pay at the store, but they also cost for the energy used each month.
- Laundry – Wash your clothing in cold water, using cold water detergent, wash and dry full loads, don’t over dry your laundry and keep the lint filters clean.
- Refrigerator – Make sure the refrigerator door seals are tight, don’t keep the freezer or refrigerator too cold, cover liquids and wrap foods (uncovered foods release moisture and cause the compressor to work harder).
- Dishwasher – Run full, but not overloaded loads, and avoid using the “rinse hold” selection on your dishwasher – it uses about 3-7 gallons of hot water each use.
Whenever purchasing new items for your home such as siding, shingles, appliances, windows etc., look for the Energy Star Label. Energy Star is a joint program between the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy whose purpose is to recognize products and services that have been found to be energy efficient.
MasterCraft Roofing uses *GAF-Elk Shingles which have earned the Energy Star Label.
**originally published 1/1/11