CBPU & City of Coldwater

Posted on: February 7, 2018

Energy Efficient Options For Your Home

Simply Efficient

The Energy Optimization department offers a plethora of information to assist you on your savings journey. Here are some of our favorite energy saving tips.

  • Lighting is one the easiest steps you can take to start saving energy. Replacing at least your 5 most frequently used light fixtures with ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs can save more than $65 per year. They last up to 10 times longer, use less energy and you'll see the savings right away.
  • Before winter starts, remember to replace your screens with storm windows. Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors that leak air. If replacing windows with ENERGY STAR qualified models, save $20-$95 per year.
  • Install a low-flow shower head. Even a 10 minute shower beats taking a full bath. This can save over $140 a year!
  • While we're on the subject, fix those water leaks. Leaks inside the toilet can waste over 200 gallons of water a day (Check for a toilet leak by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. Coloring will appear in the toilet if it's leaking).
  • Install a programmable thermostat to control air conditioning usage or heating hours. This is a great way to control temperatures when you're not home or asleep.
  • At least 15% of your electricity use is due to home electronics. Choose ENERGY STAR electronics that save energy when off, while still maintaining features like clock displays, channel settings and remote control functions.
  • Turn off the lights! Turning off one 60-watt incandescent light bulb, that would burn 8 hours a day can save you $15 per year per bulb!
  • If your current fridge was made before 1993, it uses twice as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR qualified model. Are you using an old fridge in your basement or garage?

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