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Five no cost ways to save on your utility bill in 2014
By Yvonne Casanova on January 9, 2014
Did you know that the typical family spends about $2,000 a year on home utility bills?
If you’re like most customers, you probably just saw a big jump in your bill thanks to additional heating costs. Heating and cooling accounts for half of a home’s energy use, with a big chunk of that coming in the sweltering summer and frigid winter months.
Upgrading to a more energy efficient heating and cooling system is a great way to save, but it can be expensive, even with a CPS Energy rebate.
Below, however, are simple, no cost tips you can put into practice today. They might be little things, but they add up.
- Turn off overhead lights and lamps when you leave a room. Use a timer to turn lights on and off, especially outside security lights. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use 75 percent less energy than old-style incandescent bulbs. A single CFL could save you $30 over its lifetime. Now multiply that by the number of lights in your home. Did your eyes light up? See our lighting calculator to compare.
- Don’t open the refrigerator door repeatedly and don’t leave the refrigerator door open for an extended period of time. Every time your refrigerator opens, cool air escapes and must be replaced. If you’ve got an old fridge, replace it with an energy-efficient model. Take advantage of our refrigerator rebates.
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load to improve the unit’s efficiency. Dry loads of clothes back-to-back to take advantage of the heat build-up in the dryer.
- Use a programmable thermostat. Set it at a higher temperature (65 degrees in the winter, and 85 degrees in the summer) while you’re at work. Then, program it to be a comfortable temperature in time for your return home. Did you know that we offer a free programmable thermostat?
- Turn off or unplug electronic devices, such as computers, power tools, coffee pots, toasters, hair dryers, cell phone chargers, digital cameras, and MP3s, when they’re not in use. Believe it or not, plugged-in appliances continue to consume energy when they are turned off. This “ghost energy” costs you money. Use our “ghost energy” calculator to see how much you can save by unplugging devices around the house.
Visit CPS Energy Savers for more energy efficiency quick tips.