Five Easy Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners
May 27, 2015
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its new green homes web site. The site provides an interactive experience that helps people make their homes greener with tips on reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints, waste generation and water usage, as well as improving indoor air quality.
While you may have already made some improvements to your home energy efficiency, there's always more we can do. After exploring the new Web site, here are some energy consuming areas to consider improving. These are mostly easy to execute tactics and activities that will save energy and money.
1. PORCH LIGHTING - The outdoor porch light is one of the highest used light fixtures in a home and is a perfect place to install ENERGY STAR® lighting products. There are many LED bulbs that will now easily fit into existing porch lights. COST: < $10
2. BATHROOM: - The bathroom vanity is the second highest-use fixtures in the average home. ENERGY STAR-qualified LED provides bright, warm light, use less energy, and generate less heat than standard lighting. COST: < $10
ENERGY STAR-qualified bathroom ventilation fans are much quieter than standard models. Models that include lighting use 70% less energy on average than standard models, saving more than $60 in electricity over the life of the fan. Running your fan for 15 minutes after showering controls moisture in the air and mold and mildew growth. COST: $50
3. VENTILATION - Natural air flow will naturally ventilate and cool your home by entering or leaving windows, depending on their orientation to the wind. When wind blows against your home, air is forced into your windows on the side facing into the wind, while a natural vacuum effect tends to draw air out of windows on the leeward (downwind) side. In coastal climates, many seaside buildings are designed with large ocean-facing windows to take advantage of cooling sea breezes. For drier climates, natural ventilation involves avoiding heat buildup during the day and ventilating at night. Natural ventilation can be relatively effective here on California’s Central Coast. COST: FREE
4. KITCHEN - Use the right-sized pot on stove burners. A 6" pot on an 8" burner wastes over 40% of the burner's heat. Also, cover pots and pans to keep heat in. Using the right-sized pot on stove burners can save about $36 annually for an electric range, or $18 for gas. COST: FREE
5. Kitchen - Use your microwave or toaster oven to reheat or cook small portions. You can reduce cooking energy by as much as 80% when using your microwave for small portions. COST: FREE