SOME REMINDERS FOR HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION

Jan 6th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Benefits of Saving Some Dollars

We seniors get these reminders regularly every winter, and sometimes we just pitch the paper, and sometimes we actually sit down and read the material.  SCJ suggests you read this one and contemplate how much money you could actually save in home energy costs if you make a few simple changes. In difficult economic times, saving a few dollars here and there can pay for a medication prescription or a tank of gas.

Conserve Home Energy Costs

Here are the primary ways you can conserve on energy costs in your home:

  1. Change your home thermostat by eight (8) degrees to more closely match the outdoor weather when you are away from home for more than a few hours and at night when you are sleeping.  This means lowering the temp in the winter and raising it in the summer.  If you’re only going to be gone two or three hours, don’t make any changes in your thermostat setting; however, if you are going to be gone a half day or more, make the change.
  2. If you have a programmable thermostat, program it.  They really work, and if you are unable to program it yourself, ask for help from a trusted friend or family member.  With a user manual, they will be able to figure out how to get it set.
  3. There’s such a thing as ‘phantom load’ on your electronic devices (TV, computers, mobile phone chargers, etc).  That means that even when the item is turned off, the device or charger still draws electricity.  A national electronic laboratory suggest it can be as much as 10% or your total electric use.  So plug your television set(s) into a power strip that you can click off when you are not using the TV. Do the same for your computer(s).  When you are finished charging your mobile device(s) (Kindle, mobile phones, IPad, Nook, etc), unplug the chargerBetter yet, get one of the new smart power strips that automatically cut off phantom loads on their own.
  4. Use compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Just like anything else, CFLs vary in quality, so look for the ENERGY STAR symbol and buy the best quality CFL available.  Use them everywhere.  They really do save energy.
  5. Be sure your windows and doors are adequately sealed, and that you have adequate insulation in your home. The sealing is an easy fix.  You may need help evaluating your insulation.  You can save up to 10 percent on your total annual energy bill by sealing and adequately insulating your home.

So my next jobs are now going to be to program our thermostats and get the new smart power strips for televisions and computers in our home.  How about you??



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