To throw your own Earth Day celebration, consider implementing a few of the 10 ideas below, and you will be saving the planet and rewarded with savings!
- Use fans. During air-conditioning season, you should be able to raise your thermostat by four degrees and experience the same comfort as you would have with only running the air conditioner.
- Keep the thermostat away from heat sources, including the sun, candles, lamps and appliances. Temperature misreading by the thermostat can cause your air conditioner to work longer than necessary.
- Set the thermostat as high as possible to where you are still comfortable. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5 percent to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.
- In the summer close drapes to reduce the amount of solar heat gain. Consider installing solar screens, insulating drapes, and planting trees outside of sun-facing windows for more protection against the sun’s rays.