Earth Day—an annual celebration of the environment—is a good time to resolve to save some energy around your home. You can start this month by:
- Caulking around windows and doors to seal air leaks, and adding insulation to your attic. Both will prevent air-conditioned air from getting out of your house through the roof this summer. Wasting less energy is the easiest way to save it.
- Unplugging the TV, stereo, computer, printer and other electronics when you’re not using them. Unplug cell phone chargers once you remove the phone.
- Replacing your old thermostat with a programmable model. You could save up to 10 percent on cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy
- Investing in LED light fixtures. You’ll save energy and you won’t have to replace any light bulbs for up to 10 years.
- Lowering the water heater’s temperature to 130 degrees. Wrap your storage tank in a blanket designed to keep it warm so it will use less energy to heat the water.
- Washing clothes in cold water. You could save more than $60 a year.
- Replace your air conditioner’s filters before the cooling season begins. Clean filters help the system operate more efficiently.