By following just a few simple tips, you can make your home more energy efficient and potentially save money.
We encourage our members to participate in Touchstone Energy's FREE Home Energy Audit. Saving energy is saving money. Tactics to save energy come in all shapes and sizes, including steps you can take today at no cost. Energy efficiency also increases the comfortability of your home and makes larger projects worth the investment. Review our resources to help you become more energy efficient.
Switch to LED lighting
Swap out those CFL and fluorescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR® LED lights. LEDs can last longer than ordinary bulbs AND they use less energy.
Change your furnace filter regularly.
Not replacing your furnace filter regularly can reduce the air flow and output of your system, making it work harder and use more electricity.
Do you use a dehumidifier?
Dehumidifiers can use a lot of electricity. If your home requires one, purchase an ENERGY STAR® dehumidifier to be sure the unit is energy efficient.
Set your thermostat back.
Turning your thermostat back a few degrees can save you energy on your energy bill. If you are on our Switch Makes Cents program, you are already receiving your heating and cooling at a reduced rate.
Weatherize windows and doors.
Weatherstripping and caulking windows and doors are inexpensive ways to reduce your system's air flow and output, making it work harder and use more electricity.
Do you use a space heater?
Space heaters can use a lot of electricity. If you run a space heater in the winter, use it to warm a person, not an entire room. Be sure to unplug your space heater when not in use.
Use ENERGY STAR® Certified appliances.
Out shopping for a new clothes washer, dishwasher or freezer? Buy a new appliance with the ENERGY STAR® logo. These are appliances that are certified to save energy. Visit www.energystar.gov for a full list of all ENERGY STAR® products.
Unplug unused appliances.
Many appliances use energy whether they are plugged in or not. This is also known as phantom energy. Save some green by unplugging any appliances that you aren't using.
Want more energy efficiency support? Get in touch with and energy expert at NVREC to learn more.