Conserving Energy in Your Home Year-Round


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Reducing energy consumption in your home year-round not only lowers your energy bill, but it also reduces your home's carbon footprint. There are many different ways to conserve energy in your home, whether you're looking to make extensive home improvements or minor adjustments, here are seven ways to save on your utility bills while protecting the environment.

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Air Dry Dishes and Laundry

Skip your dishwasher's drying cycle and let your dishes air dry by opening the door after the rinse cycle. Air drying can cut dishwasher energy use by 15 to 50 percent depending on your machine. Do the same thing with your clothes and opt for hang drying clothes, especially in the summer.

Use Power Strips

Plug your appliances and electronics into power strips that allow you to switch off power when your technology is not in use or when you leave your home for an extended period of time. This will reduce your standby power load, or the energy used by electronics when they're plugged in but not in use, which accounts for 5 to 10 percent of residential energy use and saves the average U.S. household $100 per year.

Invest in ENERGY STAR-Certified Appliances

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ensures products with the ENERGY STAR certificate deliver energy efficiency that save consumers money while protecting the environment. Use ENERGY STAR-certified light bulbs, appliances, heating and cooling technology, water heaters and more. Even stream media with ENERGY STAR-certified electronics and use 25 percent less energy while doing so.



Work Your Curtains and Blinds

In the summer, keep your home cooler with blinds or shades that keep out the sun and reduce your need for air conditioning. In the winter, open curtains facing the sun to naturally warm up your home and reduce your use of lighting during the day. Close curtains and blinds at night to help your home retain more heat and reduce your need for a heater.



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