It's that time of year again! Colleges and preK-12 schools are opening their doors for another year of teaching and learning. Most of you - whether you’re a student, teacher or parent - will have an emptier home over the next 9-10 months. An emptier home provides endless opportunities to lower that energy bill! Here are some energy-saving tips that I follow as well as others from energyinyourlife.com:
1. Adjusting the thermostat
- Turn off the thermostat completely, or...
- Turn up the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when using AC
- Turn down the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower when using heat
- Change the temperature remotely using a programmable thermostat and your smartphone
2. Making lunches
- Take out all the food you’ll use from the fridge at once - opening it multiple times uses an exorbitant amount of unnecessary energy
- Use reusable lunch bags or boxes with insulating sides to keep things cold and reusable sandwich and snack containers to minimize waste
- Bring a cold lunch to avoid using a microwave
- Fill up a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. I like CamelBaks
3. Unplugging electronics – gaming consoles, computers and rarely used kitchen appliances can use a lot of power when off but still plugged in, so save some energy and unplug!
4. Closing blinds
- AC works a lot harder to keep your home cool when hot sunlight is pouring in
- Get some insulating shades to keep your home even cooler
5. Getting an audit
6. Dressing appropriately – it’s still pretty warm out now, but it’ll cool down soon and if your school is air conditioned, be prepared and wear layers!
7. Going to and from school efficiently – walk or bike if you can, and carpool if you need a lift.
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