These tips don’t just conserve energy to help the environment, they also affect your bottom line so your monthly electric bill will read just a little nicer. In addition to improved efficiency and reduction to your overall monthly energy consumption, you’re changing over to newer and, in some cases, better functioning technology.
In addition to switching to NYC Clean Energy, here are some easy steps you can take to improve your energy efficiency:
- Using Energy Star compliant appliances is a great start towards a more efficient home.
- Unplugging electronic devices when not in use translate to small, incremental savings that can add up to power consumption equal of a large appliance, like a refrigerator. It also reduces chances of a fire hazard.
- Adjusting your thermostat 3-5 degrees higher during the summer months can save 10-20% on your cooling costs. Similarly lowering your thermostat by a few degrees in the winter can add to the savings. Make sure your have proper maintenance done on your heating and air conditioning unit to avoid energy leakage, and periodically check the accuracy of your thermostat.
- Replacing your standard bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) can mean reductions of up to 75% off the energy and cost of your lighting, and they last about 10 times longer too, saving up to $200 for every five bulbs replaced.
- And of course follow Mom’s advice and turn off any unnecessary lights. By wasting energy you’re not just burning more coal and fossil fuels (and releasing more unnecessary pollutants into the air), but also burning your money.
These are just some of the ways you can be part of cleaner living. The following links provide information on energy efficiency and conservation that best suit your conditions.