Each month, you see the dollar signs on your utility bill continue to climb for the same comfort. Skyrocketing energy costs have hit all of us, but other things are secretly stealing money from you.
•Climate control. This item consumes up to 44% of household energy use. Start saving by lowering temperatures 6°-8°F every night or when you’re away to reduce the bill 10-16%.
•Lighting. After climate control, lighting and appliances weigh in at 33% of the typical utility bill. Save 6% by shutting off unused electronics and appliances.
•Keeping the water warm. Hot water consumes 14-20% of your energy bill, so lower the temperature to 120°F.
•Keeping the food cold. Your refrigerator can account for 9% of your total energy bill. Save by setting refrigerator temperatures between 37° and 40°F, and 5°F for the freezer.
•Annual tune-ups and regular maintenance on your current system are the best ways to save.