Energy Savings Tips

By AmigoJessi on May 18 2010 | 0 Comments

There are many ways to improve the efficiency of your energy usage and cut back on your energy spending. Amigo Energy would like to recommend a few low to no cost ideas that can to help reduce your energy usage and save yourself money; some lagniappe if you will.

  1. Don’t waste. Turn off everything when not in use. This includes turning off lights when you are not in a room, shutting off the television, powering down your computer, turning off the radio, etc. Additionally, this means not letting your hot water run while you are brushing your teeth or doing dishes; instead, use a sink stopper when possible.

  2. Cooking. Keep tightly fitted lids on the pots while they are on the stove to keep the heat inside the pot and minimize the amount of time that it takes to cook. Even better yet, when possible use a microwave oven to heat up and cook items as it tends to be the fasts means of heating food. Think about it, instead of an hour in the oven to bake a potato (which not only means that you are using the oven for all that time but it also often heats up your house), you can use the microwave and your potato will be done in about 20 minutes.

  3. Lighting. Change out your old incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFL bulbs use less electricity and last longer. Also, using “task” lighting can illuminate the need to illuminate an entire room.

  4. Thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, for every one degree that you change your thermostat for 8 hours a day over an entire season, the effect can be as much as a 1% change to the heating or cooling energy usage. So be comfortable in your own home, but think about the money you could save by changing your thermostat when you are not home, or when you have alternatives. Check out our blog on thermostat savings for more information on savings from changing your thermostat.

  5. Water Heater. Similar to your thermostat settings, make sure to set your water heater timer so that you can lower how hot the water is at select times. Or merely set to a lower temperature that is still comfortable for bathing. You can also minimize your water heater’s energy usage by taking shorter showers, or using low-flow water. Make sure the clothes washer and dish washer are full before using.

  6. EnergyStar appliances. As you replace old appliances in your home, consider EnergyStar rated products and the potential savings they could allow you.

Remember there are tons of things that you can do that can save you money on your electricity bill. Make yourself a plan and start saving today!

Any other low to no cost energy savings ideas? Amigo Energy invites you to share with us and the blog readers any other ideas that you may have. Thanks and good luck.

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