A BRIGHT IDEA!
No need to wear smelly garlic or carry a wooden stake to get rid of these vampires -- just unplugging does the trick! Even better, plug multiple devices into a surge protected power strip that can be turned off with one button. Turn it off when not in use.
LOOK FOR THE VAMPIRES IN YOUR HOME THIS WEEK. You might be surprised to discover that you could save $60 - $75 annually by ridding your home of these energy stealing vampires.
DID YOU KNOW? If your house is like the average household in the Midwest, more than half of your annual energy expenditures go toward heating (31%), air-conditioning (12%) and water heating (12%).
Did you know? Turning off your computer each evening and on weekends after checking emails, Facebook or Googling will save you energy and money.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could save an average of $90 of electricity a year. What a terrific incentive to push that power button! It will also reduce wear and tear on your hardware, extending its life.
Got the POWER? Or better yet – the Power Strip?
Plugging electronic devices into a power strip is a great way to save energy. When you turn off a power switch it cuts the electricity flow altogether. Simply turning off your electronics such as TVs, VCRs, DVD Players, game consoles and other similar electronic appliances, is not enough. As long as they are plugged into an outlet they still consume energy even when not in use. The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are off (or in standby mode). On a national basis, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.
Did you know? An average household dedicates 11% of its energy use to lighting.
*Set a goal in your home for the month of October - turn off lights when not in use!
*Consider switching one of your most used incandescent bulbs to a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). These bulbs use about 75% less energy and 75% less heat and last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs. Click here to read safety and disposal facts.
WOW Energy Fact: If each American home replaced one traditional incandescent light bulb with a CFL bulb the savings in energy costs could exceed $600 million per year on a national basis.
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WOW Energy Fact: If you have a choice between powering up your desktop or a laptop, choose the latter. Laptop computers draw only 15 to 25 watts during regular use, as compared to the 150 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor.
As the temperature gets colder and it is time to turn on the heat, there can be a lot of energy lost. Here are some energy savings tips to keep warm and save money too:
- Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day. Wear a sweater or dress in layers depending on your indoor activity level. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5% on heating costs.
- When you leave home for an extended time, set the thermostat at 55 degrees or turn it off at night. This can save 5-20% of your heating costs.
- Install an ENERGY STAR-qualified programmable thermostat to automatically dial down the temperature at night and during the day when your house is unoccupied. Many energy companies provide incentives for homeowners installing programmable thermostats.
To learn more visit www.energysavers.gov/your_home/space_heating_cooling
- Replace or clean your furnace filters once a month, and get your furnace tuned-up. Proper furnace maintenance can save up to 5% of energy costs.
- Traditional fireplaces are an energy loser - it's best not to use them because they pull heated air out of the house and up the chimney. When not in use, make absolutely sure the damper is closed. Before closing the damper, make sure that you don't have any smoldering embers. If you decide not to use a fireplace, then block off the chimney with a piece of rigid insulation from the hardware store that fits snugly into the space (dampers don't shut fully without some leaking).