5 ways to save energy
Energy Efficiency Day, which is Oct. 5, is a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, business, utilities and individuals working to promote energy efficiency: the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut consumer bills and reduce pollution.
This is achieved by:
• Raising awareness of the energy issues we all face and what we can do to fix them
• Helping individuals and businesses save money through education on efficiency techniques
• Uniting people who are passionate about cutting energy waste and conserving resources
There are many ways to celebrate Energy Efficiency Day, but the upcoming Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)High PerformanceHome Summit provides building professionals practical, high-value insights for building energy efficient homes.
In advance of the event, here are five way to save energy, from the organizers of Energy Efficiency Day:
1. SWITCHTO LEDs
LEDs are an example of how innovation and technology can make life easier. They last up to 25 times longer and consume 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.
By switching just five of a home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR-certified LEDs, it’s possible to save 9 percent on energy costs annually. The good news is that LED adoption in the United States increased from 13 million to 78 million in just two years.
2. SEAL 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.
Taking steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under doors and can save up to 20 percent on heating costs.
3. HEAT AND COOL EFFICIENTLY
Don’t waste money heating or cooling empty spaces. Install a programmable thermostat and schedule the facility’s heat to lower (or raise cooling temp) when occupants are away, and turn back up (down) when returning.
4. MAINTAIN THE HVAC SYSTEM
Clean or change furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep occupants warm and costing more money.
Consider 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, save money and make a structure more comfortable.
5. LOOK FOR THE ENERGY STAR LABEL
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.
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 percent compared to single-pane windows, while increasing indoor comfort and lessening fading of furnishings.