Many people are still shock when they see their energy bills. Reports from the Department of Energy show that average families spend at least $1,600 on utility bills. With the increasing energy costs, it is only appropriate to reduce consumption. The Department of Energy suggests the following ways to cut expenses.
DOE recommends households to turn up their thermostat during summer and turn it down during the winter. Air conditioners should be set at 74 degrees, while furnaces must be at 68 degrees to keep the house comfortable and to reduce energy costs. Ceiling fans should also be used appropriately.
Homeowners should also find energy-efficient appliances such as washers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and so on. Some appliances have Energy Star labels that indicate energy-efficiency. These appliances are ideal for saving cash on the long run. Homeowners should also unplugged or turn off completely home electronics such as stereo, DVD players, kitchen appliances, and televisions when not in use.
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent lamps is also a good way to reduce energy costs. According to General Electric (GE), fluorescent bulbs only use two-thirds of energy and lasts ten times longer compared to incandescent bulbs. The estimate savings may amount to $30 per month if homeowners use fluorescent lamps.
DOE encourages homeowners to reduce energy consumption, as it also helps conserve valuable resources. Not only does it reduce utility costs, it also has a significant impact for the environment.