5 Easy Ways to Save Energy
Making energy-efficient updates could help cut hundreds of dollars off your utility bills.
Put a stop to high heating and cooling costs by making small home improvements. These easy, energy-efficient projects can help you conserve power and save money.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Schedule your thermostat to raise or lower the temperature inside your home while you’re at work or sleeping. That can help reduce energy use. The Lyric Thermostat from our partner Honeywell is a smart option. MetLife customers can even get it for a discount.
Savings: $180 per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Use Smart Power Strips
Devices that are turned on consume only 25 percent of the energy electronics and appliances use. Smart power strips make it easy for you to cut power to items when they’re not in use.
Savings: Up to $100 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Switch to ENERGY STAR®-Certified Bulbs
Certified bulbs provide the same brightness as incandescent bulbs but use about 75 percent less energy. Not to mention, they last 10 to 25 times longer. Find out which LED or CFL bulbs work best for your intended use.
Savings: $40 to $135 over the bulb’s lifetime, according to ENERGY STAR.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
The DOE reports that water heating typically accounts for 14 to 18 percent of your utility bill. You can reduce the energy used to heat water by installing a showerhead that uses 2 or fewer gallons per minute.
Savings: $145 per year, according to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).
Seal and Insulate Your House
Even the smallest of gaps in your home’s interior can let a significant amount of air out—or in. Help reduce heating and cooling costs by finding leaks, sealing them and replacing old insulation in your home. This guide offers tips for DIY air sealing and insulating.
Savings: More than $200 per year, according to ENERGY STAR.