Save Energy Dollars at Home
The typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that is spent on wasted energy. To keep more money in your pocket, try some of these easy, low-cost and no-cost energy saving moves:
- Replace existing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) to immediately lower your energy bill. CFLs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescents, saving you more than $40 over the life of each bulb. CFLs also operate cooler, producing 70% less heat, in turn saving on air conditioning costs.
- Air leaks around your doors and windows can be equivalent to a basketball size hole in your wall. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather-strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outdoors.
- Trade in your backup refrigerator or freezer. You’ll save up to $100 per year on your energy bill. Local utilities will even pay you $30 to take away your old one.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units but not to block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
- Water heating is the third largest expense in a typical home, accounting for 12% of a utility bill. There are four ways to cut your water heating bills:
- use less hot water
- turn down your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees F
- insulate your water heater
- buy a new, more efficient model
- When the fireplace is not in use, keep the flue damper tightly closed. Until it is closed, cool air escapes 24 hours a day!
- Most heat entering a home comes through the windows. Save money by keeping the sun off window glass. Use shades, awnings, patio covers or sun screens.
- Avoid placing lamps or television sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause it to run longer than necessary.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Did you Know?
- APS estimates that if just 10% of homes in Arizona installed solar water heaters it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 57,000 cars off the road.
- APS estimates that if just 8,000 homes installed more energy efficient air conditioning units, it would save enough energy to light every home in Yuma for a year.