Switching out incandescent light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) is a quick and easy way to be more energy efficient. There are many styles of CFLs now available.
Incandescent bulbs use about 3 to 4 times the wattage of a CFL bulb, which means when you’re using CFLs, you’re saving up to 75 percent in energy usage. CFLs costs more to purchase, but they last significantly longer and use less energy, which pays off in the long-term.
Appliances and home electronics account for roughly 20 percent of a typical U.S. home’s electricity usage, so practicing energy efficiency habits can make a difference on your electric bill.
Ensuring your home is well-sealed and has proper insulation can reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs. Sealing windows, doors and insulating outlets are among the low cost steps you can take to save energy.
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Heating and cooling are a large portion of the energy use in the typical U.S. home, so anything you can do to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system will be beneficial.
A home energy audit doesn’t have to be done by a professional – by doing a simple walk-through your house, you can spot common areas and problems that, when fixed, can help you be more efficient and save on your energy usage. A do-it-yourself walk-through can uncover inefficiencies in air leaks, heating/cooling system, insulation and lighting.
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