No matter how many tricks and tips you think you know about energy saving, there is always so much more to know. By now, you know enough to unplug unused appliances, use dark curtains for your room for a cooler home, and ceiling fans work really well for warm days. Now, we have even more information to share with you about saving energy in the summer. Here are 6 things you may not know about saving energy in your home.
- Planting trees properly on your property can create shade and help cool down your home. This could ultimately save you between $100 and $250 annually.
- Save up to 75 percent of your energy by replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs last longer which means you will save money on buying replacements.
- Save energy by placing lamps, TVs or other appliances a distance away from your AC thermostat. That way, your thermostat won’t signal your air conditioner to react to the appliances’ heat and run harder unnecessarily.
- Run your air conditioner at 78 degrees instead of 72 degrees. This small difference can save you 6-8 percent on your cooling bill.
- Investing in programmable thermostats can save you up to $150 a year on energy costs. They can be programmed to automatically turn on and off when you are not home and are great energy savers.
- Leaving your computer on all day can cost you 21 cents per day. Turn off your electronics when they’re not in use.