April 22 is Earth Day

            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.
Put off using the air conditioner, especially at night, until the weather gets hotter. Open the windows instead and let the spring breezes into the house to keep you cool.