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Follow Our Energy Saving Tips
There are many reasons to conserve energy. First, you can help reduce pollution and greenhouse gases in our cities, making them a healthier place to live. Second, we can reduce our dependency on foreign resources. Lastly, you may even be able to save money if you make a few changes around your home. Even small changes can add up to make a big difference. If you’re not sure what changes you can make in your home, follow our energy saving tips below for some ideas.
Replace your light bulbs
Most people know to turn off the lights when leaving a room, but you can make even more of a difference. If you have incandescent light bulbs in your home, it may be time for a switch. LED lightbulbs last longer and consume less energy than incandescent bulbs. Not only do LED light bulbs conserve energy, they also generate almost no heat. Incandescent lights lose almost 80 percent of their energy from heat, but LED bulbs remain cool to the touch, leaving less of a risk for house fires and burned fingers.
Shop for energy efficient appliances
While this is one of our more expensive energy saving tips, buying new appliances has many long-term benefits for homeowners. Modern appliances use new technology to help conserve energy better than most old appliances. Look for recycling programs in your area that may be able to take your old refrigerators, washers, dryers and other appliances if you replace yours. If you’re not ready to buy new appliances, you can still make small changes to help save energy. For example, clean off your refrigerator coils. When the coils are dirty, your refrigerator has to work harder to maintain the cool temperatures.
Take control of your thermostat
One of the biggest expenses on your energy bill comes from heating and cooling your home, so this energy saving tip makes a big difference! In the hot Texas summers, it takes a lot of energy for your air conditioner to cool your house down. Bump up your thermostat two or three degrees. You’ll barely feel the difference, and you’ll conserve energy. In the winter, keep the temperature on your thermostat cooler and cuddle up with a blanket. Check for air leaks along doors and windows in your home to make sure your heat isn’t escaping. You can also leave window treatments open on bright winter days to let the sunlight heat your home.
Spread the word
One of the best things you can do to help conserve energy is teach others about the importance of saving energy and protecting the environment. Pass along our energy saving tips to your friends and family members so they can help make a difference too.