Grab your favorite boots and a cup of something pumpkin spiced, because Fall is officially here. For many this is a favorite time of year, as we get to turn off the air conditioning and enjoy the mild days and cooler nights of autumn. But, what you may not know is that this is the perfect time to get your home ready to save on energy during the colder months ahead. With the typical household spending about $2,000 a year on energy bills, you can save 30% (about $575) with ENERGY STAR certified products. Check out the top ways to get your home ready to save big all season long!
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The school year has begun, and if there is one constant in homes across the country, it is the big pile of laundry that accumulates by the end of each week. Whether your kids are headed to elementary school, or dropping off their dirty clothes on weekends home from college, parents do a lot of loads in between homework reviews, PTA meetings, and the hundreds of other things on the to-do list. While you’re at it, do yourself and the planet a favor: make sure your washer/dryer pair is ENERGY STAR certified, for energy and water savings all year long.
Summer is still in full swing, but if you have headed to the stores lately, you know that the back-to-school shopping season is upon us. Gone are the days where all a student needed was a Trapper Keeper and a new box of pencils. These days students are using the latest in technology to keep on top of their studies. But don’t fret over your seemingly never-ending back-to-school shopping list. From grade school to graduate school, much of what you need to get to the head of the class can also save energy, save money and help protect the environment – just look for ENERGY STAR label.
The short answer is “Yes, it does!” If you are concerned about protecting the environment and keeping electricity rates in check, the best time to use appliances is when overall electricity use is low. Avoiding energy use during times of peak demand can have a beneficial effect on electric rates over time because it can avoid the need for your utility to ramp up an additional power plant or to buy more expensive power or fuel from the market.
What is peak demand and how do appliances contribute?