Tuesday, April 19, 2011

EARTH DAY is Friday - Ways Families Can Conserve Energy & Cut Utility Bills

Invest in the Planet, Your Home and Your Long-Term Savings this Earth Day!

In spirit of Earth Day this Friday, Siemens – a leading provider of energy efficiency solutions for homes – has shared the following energy conservation tips and facts families can adopt to reduce their carbon footprint and have a greener, earth-friendly home. They are small changes that make a LARGE impact on utility bills. For example, we all know about turning off your light and shutting off the tap, but did you know….

Thermostat
·        Setting the thermostat to the highest setting will not make the house warm up faster; rather, it will just keep the furnace running longer.
·        During the summer, a 5°F higher setting on the air conditioning thermostat will save about 10% on cooling costs; in the winter, lowering the temperature 3 to 5°F can save up to 20% on heating costs (about $180/year!)

Appliances and Electronics
·        Appliances account for about 20% of household energy consumption (taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator).
·        Power strips let you easily turn off multiple products with just one button to push.

Refrigerator
·        After buying a new refrigerator or freezer, don’t put the old one in the garage or on the porch and keep using it. You only think you’re saving money.
·        A 10° increase in temperature around your fridge can trigger 20% higher energy consumption; the refrigerator should be kept at 37 and 40° and the freezer between 0 and 5° degrees.

Landscaping
·        Plant trees that lose leaves in the fall as they will protect your home from the summer sun and then allow winter sunlight and warmth to get inside.
·        For shade from the hot summer sun, plant trees on the south, east and west sides of the home and to stop cold winter winds, create a windbreak with evergreen trees and shrubs.

Cooking
·        If your food needs to cook for more than an hour, there’s no need to preheat your oven.
·        Use an electric burner that is the right size a 6” pot on 8” burner wastes 40% of the energy.

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