5 Easy Ways to be More Energy Efficient

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

Here at CET, we make green make sense and have been helping people and businesses in the area save energy and money for over 40 years. Saving Energy is a community effort and you can be part of the solution! Join us in celebrating Energy Efficiency Day on Thursday, October 5 by taking these 5 easy steps to be more energy efficient in your life!

  1. Make the switch to LED light bulbs.

    LED light bulbs are 75% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs and, on average, last 25 times longer! According to the official Energy Efficiency Day page, by switching just five of your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR™-certified LEDs, it’s possible to save 9% on energy costs annually! The adoption of LEDs in the United States increased from 13 million to 78 million in just two years. Try joining the Light Bulb Challenge or get a team together at work and join the Office Light Bulb Challenge!

  2. Plug the leaks.

    Sealing your home against air leaks is an easy way to see instant savings and retention of energy in your home! On average, heating and cooling your home can consume about half of your home’s energy. Simple steps like caulking windows, chimneys and recessed lighting can make all the difference. Attics are also often a big culprit in terms of heat loss. Sealing small and large holes and around the attic entrance can make a big difference.

  3. Look for the ENERGY STAR™ label.

    The blue ENERGY STAR™ label on products indicates that that product has been independently certified to use less energy. There are over 70 product categories that have this option. If you’ve just purchased or are redoing your home, consider looking for ENERGY STAR™-certified appliances, windows, HVAC systems, and more!

  4. Air dry.

    Dishes and clothes are often dried by applying heat, which requires energy. Turn off the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher, or if you don’t have that option, prop the door slightly open after the rinse is complete. Air dry clothes on an outdoor clothesline for that fresh air smell, or on an indoor drying rack during colder months.

  5. Get a home energy assessment.

    In addition to a custom report that can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency, a home energy assessment from Mass Save® will exchange your incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient LED bulbs and your regular shower head with a low-flow shower head- at no cost to you! It also provides access to rebates, incentives for insulation work and a 0% interest rate HEAT loan for energy efficient improvements. All of these energy saving tactics can save you money, so get your home energy assessment and begin enjoying the savings on your utility bill! Call Mass Save today at 866-527-7283!

Mass Save is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including, The Berkshire Gas Company, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, Liberty Utilities and Unitil.

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We hope you enjoy Energy Efficiency Day! Check out the official Energy Efficiency Day website, Facebook and Twitter to learn more! Check out our partner, E4TheFuture, as well. They’re mission is to bring clean energy to every American home. They’re a great resource on clean energy! Here are more of our blogs about saving energy:

 

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