Low Cost Home Energy Savings

There are a number of things you can easily and cheaply do to save energy (and energy costs) in your home.

Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

  • uses up to 75% less energy than regular light bulbs. The up front higher cost will soon be recouped in savings.
  • Can last up to 10 years so are a great choice for hard-to-reach fixtures like ceiling pot lights and chandeliers.
  • Suggested:  GE 13-Watt Energy SmartTM – 8 Pack – 60 watt
    • Replace your 60 watt bulbs with these energy efficient 13 watt bulbs that last 5 years per bulb.
    • Small compact size. Easy open store pack.
    • Electronic flicker-free starting.
    • 1 CFL bulb lasts as long as 8 incandescent bulbs.
    • Light output – 825 lumens. Energy used – 13 watts. Life – 8000 hours.

LED  (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting

  • LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are small light sources that become illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material.
  • The heat from an LED is conducted through the back of the fixture, rather than radiated in all directions as with other light sources.
  • LED light sources are inherently directional and do not require a reflector to direct light, offering increased energy savings in directional applications.
  • Reduced energy costs. LEDs use 75% less energy than standard incandescents.
  • Long life – a minimum of 25,000 hours, or 25 years based on average household use
  • Light comes on instantly when turned on
  • Dimmable products don’t flicker
  • LEDs contain no mercury.
  • Suggested:  Philips 423798 13-Watt (65 Watt) BR30 Indoor Soft White (2700K) Flood LED Light Bulb, Dimmable
    • Ideal for use in kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms in your track light or recessed fixtures
    • Instant-on and will not fade fabrics or colors
    • Dims just like an incandescent bulb
    • Medium base flood light lasts at least 22.8 years and contains no mercury

Add Weatherstripping

  • Weatherstripping installed around windows and doors helps keep out drafts. It is very easy to install. It not only keeps you warmer, it saves on your monthly bills.
  • Suggested for Windows:  Frost King B2 Mortite Caulking Cord 19-ounce 90-Foot Long, Grey
    • Seals in cool air
    • Presses into place with fingertips
    • Shuts out hot air, dust, dirt and insects
    • It is paintable
    • Easy to install
  • Suggested for Doors:  Duck Brand 281636 Double Draft Complete Door Seal Set, 2-Count
    • Fits doors up to 36-Inch total width
    • Designed to hug door or window from both sides to block drafts and retain room temperature
    • Seals large gaps up to 1-3/4-Inch
    • Works on interior and exterior doors and all floor types
    • Made from washable, abrasion resistant fabric

Check your Fridge and Freezer Temperatures

Get a High Efficiency Showerhead

  • A high efficiency showerhead uses significantly less water than a regular showerhead
  • Suggested:  High Sierra 1.5 GPM High Efficiency Low Flow Shower Head, Polished Chrome
    • Ships free. Strong, satisfying spray. Solid Metal. Polished Chrome Finish.
    • Will not clog.
    • Patented nozzle delivers great strong, full spray of large drops
    • Save 40% or more water/energy.
    • 100% Made in the USA
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