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Back to School and Saving Energy at Home

September 6, 2013 - 10:23am

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The school year can mean energy savings for your household. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/morganl

The school year can mean energy savings for your household. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/morganl

Labor Day has come and gone, which means the kids are back at school and your home is likely empty (or emptier) during the day.  With this in mind, opportunities for saving on your electric bill have increased tremendously.  Check out our Energy Saver list below of ways to save energy at home this semester.

Time-Based Utility Rates

Electricity costs vary by time of day, and daylight and early evening hours are generally the most expensive.  Depending on your own utility provider’s rates, you likely will benefit from using appliances during the evening. For example, doing laundry and dishwashing in the evening rather than the morning can save you electricity costs. Check with your utility to find out more about signing up for these programs.

Adjusting the Thermostat

Readjusting your thermostat for you and your family’s fall academic/work schedule can save plenty of energy. Make sure your central air conditioner doesn’t kick in until someone is actually home. If you have a window unit and/or ceiling fans, turning them off when you’re out is as easy as a flick of a switch. As the saying goes, HVAC systems comfort people, not empty homes.

Smart Power Strips

Nonessential electronics such as TVs, Blu-ray players, and charging devices can eat electricity even when on standby. Thankfully, there’s another option than scouring the earth for your off buttons—the smart power strip. These outlet hubs ensure that electricity isn’t drawn from electronics and appliances that aren’t in use.

Back-to-school can mean a lot of changes after the more laid-back days of summer. As you start up your school year routines, don't forget to include daily energy saving in your plans!

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