Tips on Saving Energy (and Money!)

Saving Energy

Most people want to keep energy costs as low as possible – it just makes sense. However, do you know some of the easy things you can do to reduce your energy usage and expenditures? Here are some ideas for you.

Lighting

LED lighting is no longer the wave of the future, it is right here, right now. If you haven’t replaced your lightbulbs with LED bulbs, you should do it. LED bulbs give off light that is just as bright with a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs use.

HVAC

Your cooling and heating systems use more energy than anything else in your home. Keeping your thermostat a little lower in the winter or higher in the summer can save quite a bit of money. At times when you are sleeping or away, you can have it set 15 degrees off your regular setting. You may also consider planting trees to provide shade in the summer to help keep your AC unit running less.

You may have an energy audit done to help you find other ways to save money. Perhaps you need new spray foam insulation Maryland or new seals on your windows to improve the ability of your home to maintain the set temperature.

Electronics

If you are working from home on a desktop or laptop computer, you likely have a bunch of electronics that you may or may not remember to turn off when you are not using. The fact is that many pieces of electronic equipment don’t actually go all the way off when you shut them down. They use a little bit of power all the time. Think of the remote for your television or sound system. If you get a smart power strip, it will turn the current off for any device plugged into it.

Whatever you do, do something! There are many ways to save a little money on energy, and it will add up in the long run.