ENERGY STAR exists for one purpose: to help save you money
Fall is just around the corner, and ENERGY STAR offers these tips for saving money. ENERGY STAR is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy that promotes energy efficiency.
Use an ENERGY STAR-certified smart thermostat — The average American household spends almost half its annual energy bill on heating and cooling. The easiest way to lower that cost is to turn your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees eight hours at night or when you’re away. If you have a heat pump, maintain a moderate setting or use a programmable thermostat designed for use with heat pumps.
ENERGY STAR-certified smart thermostats will help you control temperature settings. These smart thermostats:
- Accurately measure temperature
- Quickly enter a low-power standby mode when inactive
- Track and report equipment use and temperature data to the homeowner
- Provide tailored functionality and service that delivers energy savings that make sense for the individual homeowner
Ask your cooperative if it offers rebates for the Take Control & Save smart thermostats.
Use energy-efficient LED Lighting that has earned the ENERGY STAR label – With ENERGY STAR-certified light-emitting diode bulbs, you will use 70 to 90 percent less energy than with incandescent bulbs. You’ll save more than $55 in electricity bills over the lifetime of each bulb, and your bulb will also last 15 times longer.
Rule your attic – Nine out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation are two of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency and comfort in your home. By tackling both projects, you can maximize your comfort and save up to 10 percent on your annual energy bills. A great place to start is in the attic. Check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAviffw4SFk to see how you can #RuleYourAttic and save big all season long.