With the days becoming chillier, fall is the perfect time to become more energy efficient. Here are some helpful hints to keep your electricity bills low this season and make sure you don’t break the bank come winter.
Change your appliance settings – Raising your refrigerator’s temperature setting from 35 to 38 degrees, and lowering your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees can save energy and money. It won’t affect operation of your appliances or the safety of your food, and best of all – it’s free and easy!
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Install a programmable thermostat – Heating or cooling a house when no one’s home is like burning money. And since heating and cooling account for 48% of household energy use, a programmable thermostat can put that money back in your pocket, while adding convenience and comfort to your day.
Schedule a Quick Home Energy Checkup (QHEC) – If you are a renter or homeowner, this is a great opportunity for you. All utilities in Maryland will send someone to your house to provide you with energy efficient products such as LEDs, efficient-flow showerheads, smart strips, and more, installed at no additional cost to their usual utility bills.
Schedule a Home Performance Energy Audit– This is for homeowners and typically valued at $400, but you can have it done for only $100. A certified Home Performance contractor will use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to perform a comprehensive home energy audit and determine how improvements throughout your home can work together to maximize energy efficiency and savings.
Switch to LEDs – Lighting can account for 14% of total electricity use in our homes. To cut down on that energy use, families are turning to LED (light-emitting diode) lights.
Use a high-efficiency showerhead – You can save a lot of water and hardly notice the difference if you install new low-flow faucet aerators, shower heads, and toilets. Look for the WaterSense label to make shopping for new fixtures easier!
Since October is Energy Action Month, we hope you take these steps to become energy efficient in your home. We hope that you take these steps a little further and do things every month of the year to reduce your impact on your environment.
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