Celebrate Your Personal Energy Independence

Mon, 2010-07-05 15:03

With 4th of July celebrations upon us—as well as the summer heat—no one wants their energy bills to rise with the temperature. Now is the time to think about how to manage your home energy use effectively, practically, AND economically. How can you help contribute to our Energy Independence?

Here are some items to think about:

1 – Set your thermostat to 76, 78, or even 80 degrees. Does it really need to be at 70 degrees? Each two degree setting can save you 10% of your electric bill.

2 – Turn down the thermostat while you are gone. I have had this argument with many people over the past few years. Many people pervasively believe that it takes more energy to turn the AC off while they are at work and then to bring a room from 80 to 70 when they get home vs just leaving the thermostat at 70 degrees. The energy expended is the differential between the outside air and the inside air. You HVAC systems works the same whether it is cooling a room from 80 to 70 or just keeping it at 70 degrees. So to SAVE ENERGY, let the temperature rise while you are at work.

3 – Keep your garage doors close. This one is simple. Most garage doors are white and reflect heat so keeping them closed keeps that heat out of your garage and/or house.

4 – Keep the blinds closed and the awnings down when the sun is shining. This is a very simple practice and all you need to do is think of a Green house to figure out why.

5 – Do you keep your entertainment center and computer/internet equipment on a power switch? You should. This way when you leave it all goes off, especially when you are on vacation.

6 – Turn down the hot water heater. In the summer your water does not need to be as hot so turn it down a bit.

If you want to learn more about what you can do for our energy independence, enroll today in a BPI Certification Training Class.

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