Summer is right around the corner and new homes in Midlothian are wondering how they can cut energy costs this season. Here are a few tips to consider this summer.
- Replace bulbs and fixtures with Energy-Star qualified compact fluorescent lights. They cost more but they use 70% less energy and last up to 10,000 hours.
- Install dimmers. This will save energy and extend the life of bulbs.
- Use timers on the front door lights and sensors for out door lights. Solar powered landscape lights are a great option as well.
Potential Annual Savings: Around $90 or more
- Plug DVD players and T.V.’s into power strips that you can switch off. Almost 80% of electricity these devices use is consumed while they are idle.
- Unplug or power off your computers when they are not in use or use the sleep mode that uses about 70% less energy than the full power mode.
- Turn off printers, scanners, copiers, etc. when they are not in use.
Potential Annual Savings: Around $175 or more
Heating & Cooling
- Seal off open areas like the fireplace by closing the damper.
- Look for gaps and cracks and seal duct work.
- Install an Energy-Star certified ceiling fan will help to coolnew homes in Midlothian .
Potential Annual Savings: Around $500
- Run full loads in the dishwasher only. The more efficient machines only use a third of the water. Select the air-dry option that isn’t heated to save more energy.
- Replace your old refrigerator with an Energy-Star rated refrigerator. It will save energy and will last for decades.
- A front-loader washing machine uses 50% less energy and a third less water. In six years it will pay for itself.
- Doing several loads of laundry each week and drying back to back will use residual heat in the dry.
Potential Annual Savings: Around $400