Home energy use makes up 16% of our footprint. Take action at home to reduce your footprint and save money.
What can you do?
Turn down your heat.
- Use a programmable thermostat and turn down your heat at night.
- Lower your thermostat by 5 degrees for an 8 hour period and save 2% per degree, or up to $50/year!
Improve your home's insulation
- Improving your home's insulation can save you up to $167/year. R50 is recommended for the attic and R20 for basement external walls (R=measure of insulation).
- Add weather stripping to doors and windows and wrap pipes to save even more.
Turn off electronics and lights when not in use
- Turn off one 60 watt incandescent bulb for six hours and save up to $18/bulb/year.
- Replace one 100 watt incandescent bulb with a 27 watt compact fluorescent bulb and save up to $22/bulb/year.
- Use a power bar (with or without a timer) to turn off electronics when not in use. Learn more about phantom or standyby power.
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