As National Energy Awareness Month wraps up, here are some helpful tips to conserve energy in line with ENERGY STAR® recommendations:
Select ENERGY STAR-certified products. Look for the ENERGY STAR label when shopping for appliances, electronics, lighting, etc. These products meet energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Seal and insulate. Improve insulation and sealing to prevent drafts at home, providing more comfort and reducing the workload on heating and cooling systems.
Install a programmable thermostat. This option automatically adjusts a home's temperature settings, saving energy when unnecessary.
Use energy-efficient windows. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR-certified ones to improve insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs.
Upgrade to high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. When replacing an HVAC system, opt for ENERGY STAR-certified models, providing more efficiency than standard models.
Consider a solar water heater. If feasible, install a solar water heater to reduce the energy needed to heat water at home greatly.
Regular HVAC maintenance. Schedule annual check-ups for heating and cooling systems to keep them running efficiently.
Upgrade insulation. Properly insulating an attic, walls and floors can increase energy efficiency significantly.
Use energy-efficient lighting. Switch to ENERGY STAR-certified LED bulbs, which use less energy, last longer and are available in various color temperatures.
Choose ENERGY STAR for new homes. Consider using ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy-efficient construction and design if building a new home.
Incorporate these tips to save energy and contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Learn more at energystar.gov.