3 Ways to Save Money with an Energy Diet

3 Ways to Save Money with an Energy Diet

We do a lot of things to save money. Some families decide to skip that summer trip, others go out to eat less. People like me cut the cord and get rid of that cable TV bill.

All are fine options if you’re looking to beef up the checking account.

But there’s another way to save money making some really simple life changes. It’s all based on your energy use. Energy Star has long talked about going on what’s called an “energy diet.” We’re all familiar with the idea of dieting for our health – but this type of diet doesn’t deprive us of delicious chocolate cake!

So what can you do to take part in an energy diet? Start with three simple steps.

Flip the switch

This one is the simplest. When you walk out of a room, turn off the lights. It’s a huge waste of energy to keep on lights in empty rooms. Likewise, turn off those ceiling fans when you leave a room. Ceiling fans are a great way to help keep cool without cranking down the thermostat, but they don’t keep a room cool. They just make your skin feel cooler. So flip the switch on the lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room.

Keep it at 78

Energy utilities recommend homeowners set the thermostat at 78 while you’re home for optimal energy efficiency. If that’s a little warm for you, don’t forget that ceiling fans can drop the wind chill in a room down five degrees or so. And when you leave, don’t forget to turn the thermostat up a few degrees.

Keep a clean filter

Your air filter is considered the lungs of your air conditioner. When it’s dirty, your system can’t breathe. That means it works harder to keep your home cool. So perform this simple bit of maintenance – check your filter once a month. If it’s dirty, go ahead and change it.

About this Experts Contributor: Ben Hubbert is the owner of Champion AC, an air conditioning and heating company in San Antonio. He's a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @ChampionAC and Google+. For more information, check out their company website.

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