This summer has been a HOT one. It is tempting to set those air conditioners on full blast, but your wallet and carbon footprint will pay for it. One of the most common myths about going green is the expense, but when you save energy you save green! While reviewing my statement from Georgia Power recently, I looked over their suggested tips for energy savings, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!
- Save up to $100 a year when you properly use a programmable thermostat. Set manual thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter, and then leave them alone. You can expect a 3 to 5 percent increase in energy use for every degree you set the thermostat lower in the summer and higher in the winter.
- Check refrigerators and freezers for significant energy loss. Make sure seals are in good condition. If possible, avoid putting refrigerators or freezers in unconditioned spaces like garages. When buying a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
- Using a fan can help a make a room’s temperature feel six degrees cooler.
- Have your system professionally serviced annually.
- Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees and save money and energy.
Saving energy and money is a win/win. By making these simple changes everyone wins!