Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Eco Tips.............



 
Replace incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs.
Americans spend 20 percent of their electricity budget on lighting alone. Energy-efficient lighting can save the average household more than 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide and (get ready for this one) up to $110 per year in electricity costs.
Install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts your home's temp.
If the initial cost of a programmable thermostat (about $115) deters you, keep in mind that it can reduce your energy usage by more than 15 percent in the summer and up to 25 percent in the winter.
For those of you that need hard numbers, that's up to $250 in heating and cooling costs every year you use it and $2,500 over the course of 10 years.
Shade your windows.
It sounds simple enough, but when you consider the huge difference it makes, you'll wonder why you still have naked windows. While the sunlight is refreshing in the summer, using light colored blinds and drapes - which reflect light instead of absorbing it - can save you up to $210 per year on heating and cooling costs.

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