- Steps to a smaller bill
Cost-saving suggestions from the EPA and the Potomac Electric Power Co.:
Plant shade trees strategically around your home. Properly selected and planted shade trees can save up to $80 annually on the average electric bill.
Reduce the temperature of your water heater. Setting it too high (140 degrees or higher, according to Energy Star) can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 annually.
If you raise your thermostat setting by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower your cooling costs by up to 14 percent.
As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost through leaks, holes and poor connections. A professional contractor can identify leaks and fix them.
The U.S. Department of Energy provides a comprehensive list of state, local, federal and utility incentives for homeowners to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Go to www.dsireusa.org.
Energy Star’s Home Yardstick is a tool that gives you a basic assessment of your home’s energy use, compared with other homes in your neighborhood. Just plug in your Zip code, home’s square footage and more to get your score. Go to www.energystar.gov.
Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 4:30 am
Whether replacing light bulbs or unplugging your unused cellphone charger, small changes can make a big impact on your electricity bill this summer and beyond.
Kristinn Leonhart, spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, said the average home has about 30 light fixtures, together consuming more electricity than a home’s washer and dryer, refrigerator and dishwasher combined.
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