As temperatures drop, it’s time to consider ways to reduce your energy bills in the winter. A comprehensive home energy assessment by a contractor accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a valuable way to discover the most effective ways to save energy and cut costs.
Take advantage of a free comprehensive home energy assessment.
- Instead of merely getting your furnace or boiler tuned, have an energy-efficiency expert conduct a comprehensive home energy assessment and recommend the best ways to reduce energy waste and improve the comfort of your home. The audit is free for most New Yorkers.
- To help pay for energy improvements, take advantage of NYSERDA’s low-interest loans - including payment through your utility bills - and cash-back incentives.
- Call 1-877-NY-SMART or visit nyserda.ny.gov/home-performance to get started.
Make a change that saves more than $200 on your energy bill without sacrificing comfort.
- Install and properly use a programmable thermostat and save up to $200 on energy costs. A programmable thermostat offers pre-programmed and customized settings to regulate your home's temperature when you are home, asleep or away. While remembering to adjust your home's temperature manually might be a challenge, a programmable thermostat can help you “set it and forget it.”
Make sure to buy ENERGY STAR® qualified light bulbs as the days get shorter and night creeps in earlier.
- Wondering where in your home to begin? Changing your light bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs is an easy place to start, and lighting accounts for approximately 12 percent of the average household’s energy bill.
- Check out the variety of ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs; they come in a wide variety of shapes and styles for every application.
- Offset initial costs with lifetime savings. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs can be found for as low as $1.50 and can save about $70 or more in energy cost per bulb over their lifetime.
- Not all bulbs have earned the ENERGY STAR label. Choosing an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb ensures the bulb has met strict energy efficiency and quality requirements set by the EPA.
- If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for a bulb, you’ll notice a new generation of ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs. NYSERDA has created a web site focused on tools and information to help make your light bulb shopping quick and painless. Visit nyserda.ny.gov/bulbology to brush up on your “bulbology” and learn how to save energy and money with the newest generation of energy-efficient light bulbs.
Keep the “vampires” away with an advanced power strip.
- Purchase an advanced power strip to manage the power that your electronics and appliances use. These power strips shut off stand-by or “vampire load” that is consumed when electronics and appliances are turned off. This simple, affordable device is a smarter version of the traditional power strip.
- Plug your televisions, DVD players, home stereos and gaming consoles in an advance power strip, and you can cut the power to all this technology whenever you turn off your TV.
Save energy in the kitchen.
- Consider replacing your refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR qualified model. Depending on the model year of your refrigerator, you could save up to $200 on your energy costs annually.
- Get style, performance and savings through advanced features that enable ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators to use 20 percent less energy than conventional models.
Take a hard look at appliances and electronic equipment in your home.
- If you want to reduce your energy use and positively impact the environment, home is the place to start. There are numerous home products that you can replace with ENERGY STAR products to increase energy savings – from refrigerators to dishwashers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, TVs, cordless phones, ceiling fans and more. Look for the ENERGY STAR label on products.
- Remember, the energy used in the average house can cause about twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car. So energy efficient changes in the home can have a significant environmental impact.
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