Lafayette, LA (April 7, 2020) – The greenest energy is the energy you don’t use. By implementing some small changes around your house, it is possible to conserve electricity while saving money at the same time.
Switching your home’s five most frequently used incandescent bulbs to LED can save you up to $45 a year. LEDs use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and will last 4-5 times longer. LED costs have dropped dramatically over the years and average the same price as incandescent bulbs.
Many everyday appliances use some amount of electricity as long as the device is plugged into an outlet. These “energy vampires” usually have a power supply, remote control or a continuous display. Try using power strips that will turn off all appliances plugged in to them such as TVs, DVD players, stereos, printers, and computer equipment. Unplugging electronics in seldom used rooms such as guest rooms can help reduce your electrical usage.
Sealing the home is another cost-effective way to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Sealing air leaks around doors and windows with caulk or weather stripping will help reduce drafts and can be an easy do-it-yourself fix. Adding insulation to your attic will also help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter while greatly reducing home heating and cooling system demand.
Smart devices such as a smart thermostats help customize heating and cooling for optimal performance. Many smart thermostats can be set for a comfortable temperature while at home and then set for a higher temperature when away. Additional benefits of smart thermostats include app-based software that allows the user to track day-to-day/hour-to-hour usage. Some software even monitors when your system is working unusually hard to achieve your typical temperature and will alert that servicing may be needed.
Signing up for LUS MyAccount at www.lus.org helps you manage all the energy you will be saving and will let you track how you are doing every day and even hour-to-hour! When you set up your profile under MyAccount MyHome, charts and graphs will detail which items are using the most electricity and at which times of day is the peak usage. Being energy wise is the first step to conservation and saving money.