Top five energy users in your home

Top five energy users in your home

Do you know what’s using the most energy in your home? Whether your home is old or new, chances are you are spending more on energy costs than necessary.

1-2. Space cooling and heating

Together, home heating and cooling use the most energy and take the biggest bite out of your energy budget. On the bright side, there are ways you can achieve at least 10 percent savings by taking a few simple low-cost or no-cost steps.

  • Set your thermostat to 68º F during cold weather.
  • Set your thermostat to the recommended indoor temperature, 78º F, during warm weather.
  • Clean HVAC system filters to cut costs from five to 15 percent.
  • Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Proper use of a programmable thermostat can save you 10 percent on your monthly utility bill.  

3. Water heating

You can reduce water heating costs in a matter of seconds by lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater. Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140º F, most households usually only require them set at 120º F. However, if you have a dishwasher without a booster heater, you may require water temperature within a range of 130-140º F for optimum cleaning. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Lighting

Replacing your home’s five most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR®-certified LEDs can save you $75 per year. Another easy way to save is to always turn off unnecessary lights.

5. Refrigeration

If your refrigerator was purchased before 2001, chances are it uses 40 percent more energy than a new ENERGY STAR model. If you are considering an appliance update, a new ENERGY STAR refrigerator uses at least 15 percent less energy than non-qualified models and 20 percent less energy than required by current federal standards. Regardless of the age of your fridge, there are additional steps you can take to save energy and money. For example, don’t keep your refrigerator too cold. The Department of Energy recommends temperatures of 35-38º F for the fresh food compartment and 0º F for separate freezers (used for long-term storage).

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