The dollars add up with just a few simple changes, from changing light bulbs to sealing air leaks.
There are many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money. Here are five suggestions from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Action Guide.
Action: Replace five lights or light bulbs with ones that carry the Energy Star Label.
Savings: About $60 a year. If every U.S. household did this, more than 1 trillion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be saved.
Action: Buy appliances and electronics that carry the Energy Star label. (They required at least 15 percent less energy than those that aren't Energy Star-qualified).
Savings: About $80 a year. If just 1 in 10 U.S. households did this, we'd prevent about 600 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
Action: Improve heating and cooling system performance. Service your systems annually, clean or replace air filters regularly, use a programmable Energy Star thermostat.
Savings: About $100 a year. If just 1 in 10 households did this, we'd eliminate 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gases.
Action: Improve your home insulation. Seal air leaks, add wall and attic insulation and choose Energy Star windows to replace old ones.
Savings: Up to 10 percent on your energy bills annually and tons of greenhouse gas emissions. (The average house is responsible for twice the emissions of an average car.)
Action: Spread the word about using energy efficiently.
Savings: A billion Energy Star-qualified products have already been purchased. Their combined use, in one year alone, saves the equivalent of taking 18 million cars off the road.
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