October is Energy Awareness Month! Save energy, save money, and help us help others!
Do you want to join Dr. J? Start with these five things!
1. switch to led bulbs with a free escore checkup from epb
EPB provides free eScore Energy Checkups and will bring up to 12 free LED bulbs as well as give you a free report for the highest priorities for energy efficiency in your house! Go to epb.com/escore to sign up and get your free bulbs!
LEDs are a great example of how innovation and technology can make your life easier. They last up to 25 times longer and consume 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
Tip: By switching just five of your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR™-certified LEDs, it’s possible to save 9% on energy costs annually. Good news is, LED adoption in the United States increased from 13 million to 78 million in just two years. Make sure you are part of this group too!
2. Seal those leaks
On average, heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy consumption. In fact, all the little leaks can be equivalent to leaving open a 3-foot-by-3-foot window.
Tip: Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors and you can save up to 20% on heating costs.
3. Heat and Cool Efficiently
Don’t waste money heating or cooling an empty home. Install a programmable thermostat and schedule your home’s heat to lower (or raise cooling temp) when you are away or asleep, and turn back up (down) when you are returning home or waking-up.
Tip: Follow the U.S. Department of Energy recommended temperatures and be energy-efficient all year. 78 in the summer, 68 in the winter.
4. Maintain your HVAC
Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm and costing you more money.
Tip: Consider getting a winter tune-up. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a semi-annual or yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency, saving you money and making your home more comfortable.
5. Look for the Energy Star Lable
ENERGY STAR™ is the simple choice for energy efficiency. Available across more than 70 product categories, the blue label makes it easy to find products that have been independently certified to use less energy.
Tip: If you are undertaking a major home remodel or new build, consider installing ENERGY STAR™-certified HVAC equipment and windows. ENERGY STAR™-labeled windows can cut heating costs by as much as 30% compared to single-pane windows, while increasing indoor comfort and lessening fading of home furnishings.
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