The typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. With October being National Energy Efficiency Month, it’s a great time to evaluate your home and determine ways you can save energy and money. Here are a few tips on how to make your home more energy efficient, compiled by GE Lighting.
- Unplug electronics and turn off power strips when you’re not using them. Your computer, TV, toaster and coffee maker consume energy even when they are turned off.
- Check your air filter regularly and be sure to change it out at least every three months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow, making the unit work harder to maintain desired temperatures and wasting energy.
- Get an energy assessment for your home or complete a do-it-yourself checklist. Visit the U.S. Department of Energy at www.eere.energy.gov, to see how much energy you use in your home.
- Use GE Energy Smart® Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs to light any room of your home. They last up to 10 times longer and use 75 percent less energy than regular bulbs.
- Fix leaks in faucets, showerheads or pipes as soon as possible to significantly reduce the amount of hot water you use. A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 per month.
By making these small changes to the way you consume energy, you can help protect the environment, and your wallet, all year long. Especially important is updating your home’s lighting, as new efficiency laws in the U.S. will phase out traditional light bulbs beginning in 2012 when 100-watt incandescent bulbs will no longer be produced, then 75-watt incandescent bulbs (2013), and finally 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent bulbs (2014). GE offers a variety of alternatives such as halogen, CFL and LED bulbs—available today—that already meet the new efficiency standards. Learn more at GELighting.com/2012.
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