Earlier this month, PSEG published an article entitled “66 Ways to Save Energy and Lower your Electric Bill.” In the article, there are subsections defining each section of the house and how you can save energy in those specific areas. Here are some points from each of the sections. You can visit PSEG’s website, or click here to view the entire article!
- Purchasing three-way lamps makes it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not needed. Dimmers can vary the level of illumination according to how much light you may need. Make sure you purchase efficient lightbulbs specifically made for either technology.
- Be sure to place your refrigerator away from any appliances that generate heat (such as ovens and dishwashers.) Your refrigerator will have to work much harder to cool and its efficiency will decrease.
- Ninety percent of the energy your washing machine uses, goes towards heating the water. You can save by using hot water for only heavily soiled laundry. Today’s laundry detergents are formulated to work just as well in cold water, so why not switch?
- When you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, look for models that require less hot water. Many washers differ in the amount of gallons needed during the wash cycle. By using an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes, you can save nearly 5,000 gallons of water per year. This information is listed on the Energy Guide Label.
- When cooking, use pots and pans that properly fit your stove-top burners. Using a small pan on a large burner wastes energy (plus it is a major safety hazard.)
- Are you aware of the ‘phantom load’? If not, this phenomenon is the process of power being drained from products that are turned off. This is most common amongst televisions, DVR, mobile device chargers left in the walls and kitchen appliances. Phantom load can be accounted for 75% of the energy used in a home. To avoid this, unplug your appliances when they are not in use.
- If the air-conditioning system in your home is 10 or more years old, it could be 40% less efficient than today’s high efficiency systems.
- Repair leaky faucets as soon as they appear. One leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. A small drip can be the equivalent of wasting a bathtub full of hot water each month.
- Installing storm windows and doors save you a large amount of money and energy. They can reduce your heating costs by as much as 15% by preventing warm air from escaping.
Thank you again to PSEG for the original information. You can read more on their website here.