Senator Hannon Offers Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill
Want to save energy and money this month? Senator Kemp Hannon says that
altering the way you use energy and making a few simple changes in your
home can help you lower your energy costs and save the environment.
You can use 30 percent less energy in your home just by using energy
more wisely and by purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR
designation. ENERGY STAR products aim to help us all save money and
protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR when shopping for major
appliances and lighting.
Where does your home use energy?
- 60 percent - Air conditioning/ heating
- 16 percent - Water heater
- 12 percent - Refrigerator
- 07 percent - Lights
- 05 percent - Computers, TV, etc.
Keeping warm in the
winter can be made easier by following a few simple guidelines.
Throughout the winter, making sure your attic and basement are properly
insulated can increase energy efficiency tremendously.
Weatherproofing/Sealing your home is incredibly important. A well-sealed
home can save you money throughout the winter months. Keep drapes and
shades open on the sunny side of your home to increase solar heat
buildup and close them at night to insulate the heat.
While doing laundry, remember to only wash and dry full loads and
rinse with cool water. Using your dishwasher only when it is full and
air drying the clean dishes by turning the energy-saver switch on is
another way to conserve energy. Buying an ENERGY STAR refrigerator is a
smart and eco-friendly investment. Your refrigerator uses the most
electricity of all the appliances in your home. A refrigerator purchased
in 1990 uses twice the amount of energy needed to operate than an
ENERGY STAR model.
Being smart about the way you use energy in your home can help to
put money in your pocket. For more information on lowering your energy
costs visit getenergysmart.org