Ways to Conserve that Don’t Cost a Dime!
1. Turn out the lights: Turning off your lights every time you leave a room can make a huge difference in your electricity bill. Before you leave the house, do a quick walk-through to make sure everything is turned off.
2. Rely on lamps: If you need light, use a lamp rather than an overhead light. Lamps use less power than overhead sockets.
3. Unplug: Did you know that small appliances such as chargers, coffeemakers or toasters still use a small charge when plugged in, even if they’re not turned on? Unplug your appliances when you’re finished using them.
4. Watch the windows: Keep your curtains or blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day to ensure the sunlight doesn’t heat up the home and keep the air conditioning working overtime!
5. Manage the thermostat: If you’re leaving the house, why not kick the thermostat up a few degrees? Keeping your home up to three degrees warmer when you’re out can make an impact over time, and it only takes a few minutes to cool the house down once you’re back home.
6. Hold the hot water: Your water heater uses a substantial amount of energy. Take shorter showers and turn off the water when shaving, washing your face, lathering up your hands, or scrubbing dishes.
7. Time your appliances: Planning on running the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer? Time your chores to avoid the hours between 4-7 p.m. when energy use is at peak levels.
8. Ditch the oven: Ovens can expel a ton of heat in the summer, and ramp up the air conditioning, so consider firing up the grill outdoors instead.
Energy Efficient Home Improvements that Save Money in the Long Run!
1. LED light bulbs: Replacing just five of your home's most frequently used lights with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR bulbs could save you $75 a year in energy costs.
2. Double-Paned Windows: Window treatments like double paned glass allow natural light in, without all of the heat loss or gain.
3. Smart Thermostats: Using a programmable thermostat to reduce your cooling or heating when you leave the home can save up to 10% per year on energy costs.
4. Efficient Appliances: Switching to ENERGY STAR certified appliances such as washing machines, ovens, or dishwashers can save up to $750 over the lifetime of the product!
5. Air-Conditioner and Heater: Although we know that a new A/C isn't an everyday purchase, when the time comes to replace your system, the City of San Marcos offers rebates for homes that upgrade to certified energy-efficient systems. Visit http://sanmarcostx.gov/251/Energy-Efficient-Home-Rebate-Program for more information