Reduce your Impact and Reduce your Cost
Make a Change
Changing the light bulbs in your home is a very important part of any-long term strategy to save money and reduce your homes resource footprint. Compared to regular bulbs, Energy Star certified LED bulbs use up to 70% less energy than traditional bulbs!
- Do the light thing! Replacing your lighting with ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs is one of the easiest things you can do to save electricity and money in your home.
- Find Stores that give discounts for LED bulbs and fixtures. Save energy and get rewarded!
- Don’t forget to recycle your old bulbs. Check out LightRecycle for a complete list of recycling locations.
- And don’t forget to turn off the lights when leaving the room!
Winter is Coming
- Use inexpensive weather-stripping and door sweeps to reduce air leaks around entry doors. For a no-cost fix, roll up a bath towel and hold it against the bottom of the door with a weight.
- Set the thermostat to 68°F or lower when you’re at home and awake, and lower 7°F to 10°F when you’re asleep or away.
- Change direction and reversing your ceiling fan (counterclockwise) recirculates the warm air from your heater.
- Look for rebate offers from your local utility. Seattle City Light, Tacoma Public Utilities, Snohomish Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy have rebate programs that help increase energy efficiency.
Stop the Suck!
Vampire power, also known as standby power, refers to the power something wastes just by being plugged in – even if it is shut off. This vampire is taking a bite out of your wallet and harming the environment.
- Unplug! Unplug chargers when items are charged and unplug lesser used items. Bottom line – if you aren’t using an electronic device, unplug it.
- Plug into power strips. You can simply things by using a power strip and simply turning it off when devices aren’t being used.
- Don’t idle. Setting your computer to sleep mode or powering down that video game rather than just pausing it – uses less power and saves you money.
- If it’s time to upgrade, consider replacing old electronics and appliances with Energy Star devices. They have lower standby consumption and use less energy all around.