Tuesday, December 18, 2018

BLOG: Save Energy, Money, and Water this Winter

by Jennifer Wemhoff, Groundwater Foundation

Water and energy are inextricably connected. A huge amount of water is used to generate electricity.

Source: U.S. Geological Survey
This winter, look for ways to save energy around your home, and you'll be saving water, too. Here are a few ways to get started:

1. Use the sun's energy to warm your home. Open curtains and blinds on south-facing windows during the day to let the sunlight stream in. Once the sun goes down, close those window coverings to reduce the chill from cold windows.

2. Cover drafty windows with clear plastic. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to keep more cold air out. You can also invest in energy-efficient window coverings.

3. Put on a sweater. When you're home and awake, set your thermostat as low as you can and still feel comfortable. When you're gone or asleep, turn your thermostat down 10-15 degrees. This will save energy and up to 10% per year on your energy bills! You may want to invest in a programmable thermostat to make the temperature adjustment automatic.

4. Seal any air leaks throughout your home. Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal up leaks around windows and doors.
Source: Energy.gov

5. Keep your heating system well-maintained. Have your heating systems serviced regularly and replace your furnace filter as recommended.

6. If you have a fireplace, reduce heat loss by keeping the damper closed unless you have a fire burning. You can also check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as tight as possible.

7. Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. Save energy and prevent scalding!
Source: Energystar.gov

8. Use LED lights to add holiday cheer to reduce the energy costs of decorating your home.

It's a win-win-win - save energy, save water, save money!

Adapted from Nebraska Department of Energy.

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