Aspen Energy Challenge for Renters
You too can declare independence from fossil fuels with these simple energy efficiency changes:
* If you’re home during the day, take advantage of the free sunlight and turn off your lights inside.
* If you’re away during the day, draw the curtains closed in the morning to keep out heat, and you’ll come home to a cooler home in the evening.
Join the Aspen Energy Challenge with these Simple Steps:
1. Sign Up for a Home Energy Assessment
The Assessment includes $100 worth of “quick-fix” items (like LED light bulbs that will help you start saving energy right away), carbon monoxide testing, and a blower door test and infrared camera imaging to locate air leakage. Help Aspen win by joining the hundreds of others who have had an Energy Assessment.
2. Swap Out your Light Bulbs
As compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs use at least 75% less energy, and can last 25 times longer. Get up to 50% of your project cost back in rebates from Energy Smart Colorado and your utility provider. Not sure which LED to buy? Click here for a list of recommendations.
3. Install a Programmable Thermostat or Turn it Down
When used properly, a programmable thermostat could save you up to $150 per year. PLUS, get 25% of project cost up to $500 from Energy Smart Colorado, as well as rebates from your utility provider.
To maximize your efficiency, set your thermostat no lower than 78°F in the summer and no higher than 68°F in the winter. When leaving on vacation set the “hold” button at 55°F.
4. Use Less Hot Water
Water heating is typically the second largest energy expense. Save energy from heating your water through these simple steps:
- Turn your hot water heater down to 120°F.
- Wash your clothes on the cold cycle.
- Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket (a quick-fix item as part of the Home Energy Assessment)
- Install aerating, low-flow faucets and shower heads (a quick-fix item as part of the Home Energy Assessment)
5. Turn Off Home Electronics
Electronics account for close to 15% of household electricity use. Turn off electronics when not in use or use a power strip as a central “turn off” point.
6. Change Out your Air Filters
Your HVAC system can account for over half of your energy bill. A clogged system has to work harder and requires more energy. Sign up for a free shipment of air filters through FilterEasy.com. Use promo code “ENERGY.”
7. Don’t Toil, Clean Your Coils!
Refrigerators are one of the largest energy consumers. If a new fridge is not an option, improve the efficiency of your existing one by cleaning your refrigerator coils. Watch this how-to video and in 30 minutes or less your refrigerator should be more efficient!
While you’re at it, check the temperature in your fridge (recommended 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit) and freezer (recommended 0 degrees Fahrenheit).
8. Dry Right
Try these simple tips to reduce energy use associated with drying your clothes.
- Dry towels and heavier items separate from lighter-weight clothes.
- Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load
- Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air drying is even recommended for some fabrics.