For the average household, it depends on your home’s efficiency and your habits. Your energy use is based on your home’s equipment and how you use it. Maybe you’re already living efficiently or maybe there’s room for improvement.
Electricity keeps us comfortable at home, but it comes with a cost. Let’s take it back to the basics and see if we can find opportunities to save energy in your home. Filters, LEDs and thermostat settings are great places to start.
If your home has a forced-air system, you have a filter. The filter needs to be checked regularly and replaced when it’s dirty. A dirty filter can cause heating and air conditioning systems to use 15% more energy, according to the Department of Energy.
Since heating and air conditioning make up almost half your energy use, replacing your filter when it looks dirty is a habit that can reduce energy waste.
Upgrade to LEDs
Upgrading your lighting to LEDs is a simple, low-cost way to cut energy use. Depending on your budget, you can do it all at once or change bulbs out over time. If you are going to replace a few at a time, prioritize the lights you use the most.
There are many LED options available. Energy Star-rated products meet strict quality and efficiency standards, use up to 90% less energy and last 15 times longer than standard bulbs.
Adjust Your Thermostat
It’s amazing how much difference a few degrees can make. By adjusting your thermostat, you can save year-round on heating and cooling costs.
For winter months, the DOE recommends setting your thermostat to 68 degrees when you are home and dialing it back 8–10 degrees when you leave the house or go to sleep. For summer, the recommendation is 78 degrees when you’re home and 8–10 degrees warmer when you’re not. Using a programmable or smart thermostat will allow you to set it according to your schedule.
Making these small changes in your routine will help improve your home’s energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort.