10 Easy Ways to Save Energy at Home

To help you on your mission to protect the environment, follow these simple tips for lowering the energy used around your home—because tiny changes can add up to a huge difference!

10 Tips to Green Your Home

1. Unplug the Unused

Did you know your phone charger is using energy all the time—even when your phone’s not plugged in? In fact, up to 10% of your home’s energy usage could be gadgets and appliances that are on “standby” all the time. YIKES! Save energy every month by unplugging chargers and appliances when they’re not in use.

2. Wash Clothes on Cold

Talk about cool news: You can save big bucks by washing your clothes in cold water. And, you can save even more by selecting the shortest wash cycle needed—and only washing clothes when you have a full load. The same goes for your dryer and dishwasher—only run them when they’re completely full.

3. Switch to Energy-Efficient LEDs

LED light bulbs use 70-90% less energy than traditional bulbs plus they last 10-25% longer than them too. More good news: nowadays you can find LEDs for less than $5!

4. Keep Things Closed

Heating or cooling your whole home can be expensive, but shutting doors to areas you aren’t using can help save lots of energy. Keep your blinds and curtains closed too, and it’s an open-and-shut case!

5. Insulate Your Roof

This one’s not as simple, but it can create huge energy savings in your home. Work with a trusted contractor to make sure your roof is properly insulated, and watch those energy savings add up!

6. Set Your Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save on your heating and cooling costs, and that can help keep your family warm and toasty (or cool and calm) every season!

7. Conserve Water, Too

Saving around the home isn’t just for energy! Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads is a simple way to save on water bills and reduce your family’s usage.

8. Set Your Temps

It’s time to think beyond the thermostat! Reduce the temperature on your water heater to 130°F to lower energy costs. While you’re at it, wrap your water heater in a specially designed blanket to help it retain heat.

9. Wear the Right Clothes

Dress for comfort—and the right temperature. Wear warm layers in the winter and light pieces in the summer, and adjust your thermostat accordingly. That way, you can stay comfy no matter the temperature outside!

10. Seal It Up

Not only can sealing air leaks around doors and windows save on your heating and cooling bills, doing so can help ensure your home is cozy and comfortable all year long!

1997-2017 © Copyright General Electric Company

Facebook icon Twitter icon Instagram icon Pinterest icon Youtube icon Google plus icon Linkedin icon