We know you’re already driving your car less.
Stuck at home with a little more time? Consider tackling an energy efficiency project or two. Not only can these energy saving tips help keep your home healthy and comfortable, they will drive immediate savings to your utility bill.
Hardware stores remain open allowing the purchase of materials so, dust off that home energy assessment report and tackle a few DIY projects. (Of course, take precautions and practice social distancing when visiting the hardware store.) These might include:
- Weatherstripping doors and sealing air leaks around windows
- Insulating attic and/or crawlspace hatch doors
- Replacing the furnace filter
- Installing water-saving showerheads and aerators on kitchen and bathroom sinks (as utilities provide these to us often, you might just have one of these sitting underneath your bathroom sink awaiting installation)
- Insulating your water heater with a hot water heater blanket
- Placing pipe insulation on your hot water pipes
- Replacing ALL your light bulbs with LEDs (rebates are available!)
- Put plug loads (computers, monitors, electronics) on advanced power strips and turn off the power strip when not in use
- Replacing non-programmable thermostats with programmable or smart thermostats. For electric heated homes, line voltage (240 volt) thermostats are required.
Additional ways to honor Earth Day Every Day and save energy…
- Always turn off lights when you leave a room (regardless of how long you’ll be gone)
- Choose a slow cooker/instant pot over cooking on the stovetop or oven
- Clean your refrigerator coils
- Set your hot water heater to 120°F
- Hot tub sitting idle? Turn heat down to 85°F
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan (clockwise in the winter to bring warm air down & counter-clockwise in the summer to cool the room)
- Turn off heat tape at all breakers
- Wash clothes in cool or cold water
- Place clothes on a drying rack rather than running the clothes dryer
Movies/Films/Documentaries you can watch
Looking for education tools for the kids?
The ENERGY STAR kids portal has energy and environment-related facts and activities for children. The “Parents and Teachers” section offers lesson plans and activity books for your homeschooling needs.
Have a larger project you now have time to consider, but not quite sure how to pay for it? A good option available to Colorado homeowners is the RENU loan program established by Colorado Energy Office. This loan program is designed to provide low-interest financing for energy efficiency upgrades.
Ready to do more?
- Check out CORE’s Earth Day Scavenger Hunt. If you participate, be sure to post your accomplishments using #COREScavengerHunt to be entered into a drawing for a solar-powered party pack.
- Visit CSU-Extension’s DIY Energy Checklist for more energy efficiency tips.
- Check out energy efficient window treatments.
- Prioritize purchasing ENERGY STAR electronics and appliances (including tvs, computers, printers, monitors, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers.)
- Investigate installing solar on your home – solar bids can be completed by phone and email and through social distanced visits outside your home
- Research your next car – electric vehicles are becoming more and more available throughout Colorado.
- Learn more through these activities, ongoing podcasts, books and legislative efforts.