Going Green Saves you Green
- Halogen incandescent bulb is about 25% more efficient and can last up to three times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and can be used with dimmers.
- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights. Because they use less electricity than traditional incandescent, typical CFLs can pay for themselves in less than nine months, and then start saving you money each month
- LEDs in white light, general illumination applications are one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies.ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20%–25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs they replace.
- Measure. Make sure the space you’ve got for an appliance is big enough to fit it, including room to open the door or lid fully and appropriate clearance for ventilation.
- Compare performance. Decide which features are important to you, and ask about how various models operate: Are they noisy? What safety features do they have? What about repair histories? How much water do they use? Expert reviews might be helpful. Online reviews also can help you spot common complaints, but don’t put all your faith in any one review. Try searching for the company or product’s name with words like “review” or “complaint.”
- Look at the energy use. This is where the EnergyGuide label comes in handy. It lets you compare the energy use of similar models. The difference on your monthly utility bill can be significant, especially when considered over the life of an appliance, and might make up for a higher purchase price on a more efficient model.
- Ask about special energy efficiency offers. Ask your salesperson or local utility for information on cash rebates, low-interest loans, or other incentive programs in your area for energy-efficient product purchases and how to qualify
Insulate hot water pipes
Insulating your hot water pipes reduces heat loss and can raise water temperature 2°F–4°F hotter than uninsulated pipes, allowing for a lower water temperature setting. You also won't have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on a faucet or shower head, which helps conserve water.