Energy-saving Tips from the Experts

On the surface, it might seem counterintuitive for a utility to promote energy-efficiency.

But in reality, it’s just good business.

Not only is the promotion of energy conservation incentivized by improved customer engagement and satisfaction, it is also a low-cost method to reduce the need to take on further expenses needed to build facilities and infrastructure that will increase energy-generating capacity. Here are a few simple tips that the Jackson-based Consumers Energy provides on its website to help homeowners and business owners save on energy costs and increase the owner’s bottom line.

Reduce Energy Waste with Smart Power Strips

Devices that continue to draw power when they appear to be turned off can cost up to $200 a year in wasted energy. Fight this by regularly unplugging your devices – or let a smart power strip do the work for you. The features of advanced power strips make it easier than ever to ensure devices are fully powered down.

Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System

The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that going to heating and cooling. A well-maintained system can save a lot. Change your air filter regularly and have a professional perform routine tune-ups.

Set Your Refrigerator for Optimum Cooling and Freshness

Energy Star recommends a temperature range between 35 degrees and 38 degrees to keep food fresh while not wasting energy.

Use the Cold Water Cycle in Your Washing Machine

Washing your clothes in cold water saves big on water heating costs. It also keeps colors from fading and clothes from shrinking.

Seal Your Windows and Doors

Use caulk and weather stripping to seal air leaks around windows and doors. Homeowners save an average of $200 per year on heating and cooling by better insulating and sealing their homes.

Save the Game Console for Gaming

If you stream content to your TV, use a dedicated set-top box, smart TV or streaming-capable Blu-ray player. Game consoles use far more energy than these alternatives.

Heat Your Water to 120 Degrees

At an average of $250 a year, water heating is the second-largest energy cost for most households. Don’t overheat your water only to mix it with cold. Setting it to 120 degrees will give you hot showers while saving energy too.

Upgrade Your Home’s Lighting

Light your home with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs. LED lighting is the simple option to save energy, money and protect the planet for future generations.

For additional information from Consumers Energy on these tips and more, visit consumersenergy.com/residential/save-money-and-energy/homeowner-tips

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