Grill outdoors more in the hot summer. Cooking indoors makes the A/C work much harder to remove the extra heat. Use the grill & save your electric bill!
Take cover from that hot sun! Use your window coverings (shades, blinds, or shutters). Close them against the hot sun to keep the heat out. Open them in the winter to help warm the rooms. Window tint films can be used to further cut the heat and UV rays.
Plant shade trees & bushes along the south and west walls of your home to shield it from the hot summer sun. Shade helps keep cooling costs down. Awnings can work too! Be creative and have fun. We planted grapes to cool a wall, which has worked wonderfully!
Turn things off when leaving a room! This is a BIG saver of energy! Close the lights, turn off the computers and monitors, the Xbox or PlayStation, etc.
Clean out the dryer vent (monthly). A clogged dryer vent can cause fires. So monthly maintenance helps prevent house fires. A clean vent to the outside creates better airflow and improves dryer efficiency, saving energy and money.
Dust the coils on the back of your refrigerator (monthly). Use a duster, soft brush, and/or soft cloth to clean the coils. Vacuum the area.
Use cold water for laundry. The laundry detergent works just as well and saves you money with every load! If you have hard water you might want to look into a water softening system, which helps clean your clothes better and saves on laundry detergent.
Say goodbye to that second fridge or freezer in the garage! It’s time for that energy hog to go! SCE will come pick it up for FREE. Here’s a link to the SCE refrigerator-recycling program.
Turn down your hot water heater to 140 degrees if you have a dishwasher or 130 if you do not. The water is still plenty hot enough and you’ll save money.
Turn your pool pump timer down. This can create HUGE electric bill savings! Reduce your filtration to 6 hours per day. If pool water remains clear that’s your perfect time, if it’s not perfectly clear, then add 30 minutes to the timer each day until it is.
Clean out your pool filter intake drain (daily). A clogged drain makes the pool pump work harder, which increases costs and decreases the lifespan of the pump.
Important Low Cost Money-Saving Energy Efficiency Steps!
“The average U.S. home has about 30 light fixtures; a simple switch to ENERGY STAR lighting can earn you more than $400 savings per year on your electric bill!” – EnergyStar.gov
Install dimmable light-switches. They create moods and reduce their wattage and output when dimmed, which saves energy. Make sure you use only ENERGY STAR certified bulbs marked “dimmable”.
Clean or replace your HVAC filter! When was the last time? When it comes to clean HVAC filters, there seems to be two kinds of people, those who have a few extra filters in stock in the garage, and those who can’t remember when it was last replaced. Clean or replace per the manufacturers guidelines. For most models it’s monthly.
Tune-up your AC! Running an inefficient AC system can result in high monthly bills and shorten the life span of your system. Dirt and neglect are the two main reasons for needed AC repairs and replacement.
Install a programmable or “smart” thermostat. It’s one of the smartest big impact things you can do for your home and the U.S. Dept. of Energy says it can save up to 15 percent on your heating bill.
Install aerators to faucets and low-flow showerheads to reduce overall water use and save on hot water use.
Install Ceiling Fans. Moving air makes you feel much cooler and saves energy by needing the A/C less and cooling down the house more easily by circulating the cool morning and evening air.
Caulking, sealing, and weather-stripping should be an annual event. How efficient can any HVAC system or windows be if the home is leaking a lot of air as most homes do? Air tightness is job number one toward energy efficiency! Hire the pros or do it yourself.
Hire the Pro’s
Air Seal – caulk, weather-strip, and seal windows, doors, outlets, pipes, etc.
Attic Seal & Insulation – remove all insulation, seal all air leaks, blow-in insulation to an energy efficient R-value.
Test the Ducts – duct testing and sealing is an affordable solution that can help ensure that your heating and cooling systems are running at peak performance and not leaking dollars to your attic.
Do you need new energy efficient windows? If you have single-pane windows you should seriously consider replacing them with new high-performance dual-pane low-E3 windows. You’ll save on energy, reduce harmful UV rays that fade and damage furniture and flooring. Energy efficient windows also reduce outside noises. They’re a great investment in energy savings, reduced heating and cooling needs, and a more comfortable, newer looking home.
Eliminate “hot spots” in your home by using high-performance energy efficient windows, solar window screens, and qualified window films.
Today’s energy efficient air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators, and dishwashers will each use about half the energy of models from just 10 years ago. Improved air quality and lower energy bills are the result. If any of your appliances are 10 years or older, it’s worth taking a look at energy efficient upgrades. There may also be state or utility rebates and incentives available.
If you have high energy bills and your home just isn’t comfortable throughout the year, then you could benefit from sealing the home’s envelope from leaking energy and replacing old equipment with new energy-efficient equipment.
Go Solar & Save!
Solar electricity can save you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years by lowering your cost of electricity, protecting you from perpetually rising electric rates, reducing your dependence on the utility company, and increasing the value of your home. For the first time in history you can now own your electricity free and clear. If your average electric bill is over $100 per month, you owe it to yourself to get a few solar proposals to see how much solar can save you.