Want to beat the heat without burning a hole in your pocket? The New York State Public Service Commission has the answers! Find out how to cut down on electricity, save money, preserve the environment, and help the community: all while enjoying your summer!
Here's how to turn your home into an environmentally friendly oasis:
- Get rid of it: Say goodbye to your old appliances. New ones, especially ENERGY STAR models, use up to 30% less energy.
- Cool down: Set your water heater temperature to no more than 120 degrees. Heating water is one of the largest energy expenses in the home.
- Unplug it: Even if not in use, electronics, appliances and chargers drain energy and make up 15% of the electricity bill.
- Cover up: Keep out drafts that let heat escape in the winter or enter in the summer to lower heating and air conditioning costs by 10-20%. Caulk and weather strip around windows and doors.
- Fully load: Try to wash only full loads of laundry and use cold water when possible.
- Find the problem: Examine your home to find sources of wasted energy.
- Set your limit: Adjust your thermostat to a minimum of 78 degrees in the summer and a maximum of 68 degrees in the winter.
- Turn it off: When you're not using them, turning off lights and gadgets is a simple and free way to save energy and money.
- Spread the word: Share these tips with family and friends to lead them on their way to energy saving!
Hit the Lights: Use CFL's to Brighten your Home
Say goodbye to incandescent lightbulbs and hello to compact fluorescent lightbulbs! Here's why you should convert:
- CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
- CFLs last up to 10 times longer.
- CFLs come in many sizes to fit in your light fixtures, including 3-way and dimmable lamps.
- CFLs come in different lighting types. Whether its a warm soft light like your old lightbulbs, a cool bright light good for work spaces, or a natural light for reading, CFLs can brighten anyone's day.
- CFLs emit less heat than incandescent lightbulbs and are cooler to the touch.
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