By changing the way we think about our energy usage, we can save money while saving our environment!
Start with replacing your standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
- If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
- If you replace four standard bulbs with CFL bulbs you can eliminate 1800 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the bulb, because CFL bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
- Still not convinced, how about saving $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime? Helping the environment and keeping money in your pocket, it’s that simple.
Our computers, along with other electronics, are a large component of energy usage, and by simply managing their energy consumption, we can decrease our energy bills.
- Learn to manage your computers power settings. By having your computer set to hibernate or standby after 30 minutes of inactivity, you will maximize your power savings and save as much as $75 per year in energy costs for each computer.
- Set your computer to NOT utilize a screen saver, which makes the computer use more energy, and simply turn off your monitor.
- Shut the computer down when not in use, especially at night. It costs more than $200 per year to power a computer continuously. Turning the computer off, even for a few minutes saves more energy than is used to start it up.
Other simple ways to save energy:
Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
Unplug chargers when not in use. Anything that is plugged in uses energy! If you leave your cell phone charger plugged in, it’s using electricity even with no phone attached.
Buy Energy Star products and appliances.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Adjust thermostat when you leave your home, at least 10oF down in winter and 10oF up in summer.
- Keep up with basic air conditioner and furnace maintenance. Have them professionally tuned and cleaned, and replace air filters regularly.
- Keep drapes or blinds closed at night in winter and during the day in the summer to reduce heating and cooling needs.
- Caulk and weatherstrip all your doors and windows.
- Have a professional seal your heating ducts to reduce the loss of heated air.
Tips for ComEd customers on how to manage summer electricity usage, click here.
11 Facts About Energy
- Over 70% of electricity in the U.S. is generated from non-renewable sources.
- Coal is used to generate almost half of the electricity produced in the U.S. When coal is burned as fuel, it gives off carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas linked to global warming.
- About 30% of the energy used in commercial and industrial buildings is used inefficiently or unnecessarily.
- If the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings improved by 10%, it would equal a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 30 million cars off the road.
- More than 25% of energy consumption in homes goes to lighting.
- Only about 10% of the energy used by a bulb creates light, the other 90% creates heat.
- If you replace 25% of your light bulbs with fluorescents, you can save about 20% on your lighting bill.
- Home refrigerators in the U.S. use the same amount of electricity as 25 large power plants every year.
- Around 80% of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. Using warm or cool water will save energy and get clothes just as clean.
- Stopping air leaks around the house, can save you as much as 10% on heat and air conditioning costs.
- Many electronics use energy even when turned off to keep display clocks lit and remote controls working.