Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 12

I am finally going to finish my challenge. I know I didn't do it in 30 days but life has been busy for me since I took summer school and am taking a class this semester. Anyway, on to day 12, tips to save on Power. 

Every month I open the power bill there is a news letter and it always talks about ways toi save $$$$. I have always wondered if these tips really work. Since it's getting cold outside I am going to post what it says to do when to reduce heating costs. I got this information directly from their website,

Heating tips:
  • Pay attention to the thermostat – Keeping the temperature a few degrees cooler can lower your heating bill and you can still be comfortable. We recommend setting your thermostat to 68°F to save energy and money.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to set the temperature back automatically at night and while you're away from home during the day.
  • Seal and insulate your ducts – Seal heating ducts and insulate ducts that run through unheated spaces. You may be eligible to receive a cash incentive.
  • Replace filters – Check forced-air furnace filters regularly, and clean or replace them as often as once each month during the heating season. Shake reusable filters outside or spray them with a garden hose. Be sure they're dry before replacing them.
  • Use window coverings to help insulate – Drapes can add an extra layer of insulation to windows. Blinds also can insulate, but they aren't as effective. Keep your drapes closed at night and on sunny days, open the drapes and blinds to let in the sun's free heat, especially on the south side.
  • Keep vents clear – Don't block registers, baseboards, radiators or cold air returns. Air must circulate through and around them for maximum efficiency.


Reap considerable energy savings with efficient light bulbs

Use ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL or LED bulbs. They use 75 percent less energy and last far longer than incandescent bulbs. When shopping for new light bulbs, look at the lumens to determine the brightness of a bulb. Watts measure the amount of power used to produce light. ENERGY STAR rated bulbs produce more lumens (brightness) from fewer watts (power). The lighting facts label is a convenient way to compare bulbs on these attributes. 

TV and Entertainment

  • Turn off your TV and other devices when not in use. Many homes also have game consoles, DVR/cable boxes, stereos and DVD or Blu-ray players. Most of these devices continue to draw power when they are switched off but still plugged in. In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Unplug the appliance or use the switch on a power strip to prevent DVD players, game consoles and TVs from drawing power when not in use.
  • Consider dimming the display on your TV to reduce brightness, contrast and backlight. Settings like "vivid" or "dynamic" typically use more energy.

I have blinds but I have been wanting curtains for a really long time. I guess now I have an excuse to buy them, haha. About the lighting, those bulbs are super expensive. Maybe I will buy them and see if I really do have any savings on my bill. Anyway, I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know if you try any of them and have a lower bill. 

Thanks so much for reading my blog. I just want remind you all about the craft sale we are having for my brother. He was in a mountain bike accident. Click HERE to check it out. 

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