Easy & Effective Energy Conservation Tips for Your Home

October is National Energy Awareness Month—an effort by the White House to emphasize just how central energy conservation is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. Local governments, organizations, and businesses across the country are rolling out special events and promotions in the spirit of conservation, but for each and every one of us, energy conservation starts at home.

We sifted through many-an-article on energy conservation tricks and tips and selected a few we thought you’d find most useful. They’re relatively easy, inexpensive, and will make an incredible difference in the environmental impact of your home, and your home’s impact on your wallet.

  • Replace regular, incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs (CFLs). It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again… replace those bulbs! Compared to old-school bulbs, CFLs use 75 percent less energy, last 10 times longer, and cost only $1 more on average. Start with the most commonly-used room in your home and work your way through the rest in time. Many local power companies are offering free CFLs to their customers this month—check with your provider. One of the only downsides to CFLs is that they can be irksome to dispose of, but Home Depot will recycle them for you for free (see here).

  • Unplug those electronics. If you’re going to be away from your computer, television, or other favorite gadget for an extended period of time, turn it OFF instead of putting it in “sleep” mode. It takes precious energy for our electronics to dream. Also unplug things like phone and laptop chargers when not in use—they use energy even when not attached to your gadgets. Another tip? Use power strips in areas full of electronics (offices, entertainment centers, etc.). This makes it easy to power down a room full of equipment with a flick of a switch.

  • Reduce your water heater temperature. A good temperature range that will save you money while still allowing for those hot showers you love is 110-120. (Here are some video tutorials for adjusting your gas or electric water heater repair videos from hughesairco.com arizona).

  • Be thoughtful about how you heat your home. If no one is home during the day, set your thermostat back or even OFF. Many thermostats are programmable and can be set to kick in a half hour before you get home. Also, make use of the sun’s natural heat. Close the drapes on cold, dark days and open them on sunny ones. It’s easy and effective.

Also be sure to check out our previous post on fall home maintenance, and pay special attention to tips 3, 4, and 10 for a few bonus energy saving tips.