10.25.2011 / Home Energy Savings Ideas.

If you have time in your weekend to spare, try some of these simple, low cost, do it yourself energy saving projects. From installing a programmable thermostat to adding aerators to your faucets, a small, affordable investment now can help you save big in the future.

" A small and affordable investment now can help you save big in the future"

For $5: Replace your standard incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). You will save $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Energy at Although CFLs cost a bit more than standard light bulbs, they produce 75 percent less heat, are safer to operate and can cut home cooling costs while offering a similar brightness and color rendition comparable to standard bulbs.

For $25: Consider installing low-flow showerheads and faucets to save 25% to 60% on water heating costs and conserve water.  An even simpler and inexpensive option to conserve water without affecting temperature is installing new aerators on the tip of your faucets. Be sure to bring the aerator you are replacing with you to the store to ensure the replacement fits properly.

For $50: Save energy on the use of home electronics by purchasing a smart power strip. Smart power strips feature outlets that work in sync to efficiently power your electronic devices and save you money when not in use. For example, plug your TV into the main outlet on the strip and all the other peripherals, such as your DVD player, speakers or video game systems, into the additional outlets. When you shut off your TV, it automatically turns off the power to your TV and all the other peripherals connected to the power strip. It is a time saver and reduces your overall energy usage.

For $75: A $75 investment to purchase a programmable thermostat can save you as much as 10% each year on heating and cooling your home by scheduling the thermostat to turn back 10% to 15% for 8 hours per day, according to the U.S. Department of Energy at Programmable thermostats allow you to preset a schedule for your heating or air-conditioning, giving your systems a break while you are at work or sleeping.

These are just a few of the possible do-it-yourself projects that can reduce your overall energy use. Bigger investments such as purchasing ENERGY STAR appliances, installing new windows or upgrading your heating and cooling systems can also drastically impact your energy costs.
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