Energy Saving Tips

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Bedroom

August 5, 2012

By making a few small changes to both your bedroom and routine, you can not only save energy but also reduce your utility bills, resulting in a more comfortable and energy efficient environment.

Outlet

  • Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.
  • Use inexpensive outlet gaskets to seal any holes around outlets.

Light Switches

  • Always turn off the lights when leaving the bedroom (or when it’s not in use).

TV/DVD

  • Invest in electronics that are ENERGY STAR certified.
  • ENERGY STAR certified products use less energy without sacrificing quality or performance.
  • Learn more:
    • Consumer electronics account for 15% of household electricity usage.
    • Many electronic products continue to use energy even when switched off.
    • ENERGY STAR certified products conserve energy when switched off while still maintaining clock displays, channel settings and remote control functions.

Bedside Lamps

  • Replace light bulbs and fixtures with ENERGY STAR certified products.
  • Learn more:
    • Save up to $70 in annual energy costs by replacing your 5 most frequently used light bulbs or fixtures with ENERGY STAR certified ones.
    • ENERGY STAR certified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide a high quality light, use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs.
    • Choose from a wide range of attractive and stylish ENERGY STAR certified lamps and light fixtures.

Pledge to replace your current light fixtures and bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified ones.

Air Conditioner

  • ENERGY STAR certified air conditioners often include timers, allowing for better temperature control.
  • Conserve energy and save costs with an ENERGY STAR certified air conditioner, which uses a minimum amount of energy to cool your bedroom.
  • Learn more:
    • Make sure window-fitted A/C units fit snugly in the window frame, to prevent outside air from getting in.
    • Large window A/C units should be equipped with their own separate electrical circuits to avoid system overloads.
    • WINTER TIP: insulate A/C unit with a tight fitting unit cover (available from local hardware stores) that prevents heated air from escaping outside.
    • WINTER TIP: remove window A/C unit during winter months to prevent energy loss.
    • Ensure the A/C unit is the right size for the bedroom.

View our purchasing tips.

Window

  • Caulk and weather-strip areas around doors and windows to prevent air leakage.
  • Replace window screens with storm windows during winter as an extra barrier against cold air.
  • Learn more:
    • ENERGY STAR certified windows can save you anywhere from $150-$500 annually in energy costs.
    • Cut drafts, increase home comfort and help preserve interior furnishings with properly installed ENERGY STAR certified windows.

Pledge to apply caulk and weather-stripping around windows and doors that leak air.

Air Register

  • Ensure vent connections and registers are well sealed at floors, walls and ceilings, which are all common areas for disconnected ducts and leakage.
  • Make sure all vents are clear of furniture and rugs in order to improve airflow and comfort.
  • Install heat resistant reflectors between radiators and walls to reflect heat back into the room instead of onto walls.

Fireplace

  • Close the flue damper when not in use to prevent air escaping from the house.
  • Learn more:
    • A chimney, by design, removes by-products from a fire by creating a draft, which also pulls away air (warm or cool) from your home.
    • As long as there’s a temperature difference between indoors and out, there will be a chimney draft even if there’s no fire in the fireplace.
    • By keeping the damper closed, air-conditioned or warmed air remains in the living space where it belongs.
    • Use a direct vent or sealed combustion gas log unit.

Ceiling Fan With Lighting

  • Depending on how they’re used, ceiling fans can help reduce energy costs while providing home comfort.
  • Learn more:
    • WINTER TIP: most ceiling fans have a switch allowing you to rotate the blades in reverse, creating a gentle updraft forcing warm air near the ceiling down into the living area.
    • In the summer, make sure your ceiling fan is blowing air downwards into the living area.
    • On hot days, turn up the thermostat by two degrees and use your ceiling fan to lower air conditioning costs by up to 14%.
    • Use low wattage compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in the ceiling light fixture for cooler light bulbs and greater energy savings.
    • Turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room; fans only cool people, not rooms.
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