Home Energy Efficiency For Every Month In 2013

alliance-saveenergyEditor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Alliance To Save Energy. Author credit goes to Miriam Berg.

Start 2013 off right! Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with our 12 energy-saving tips.

New Year, New Light Bulbs

Replace old, inefficient incandescent light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient lighting – like new CFLs, halogen incandescents or LEDs – to save between $50 and $100 a year in energy costs.

Snow Long

February can be a weather-weary month to commute, so partner up with two friends at least twice a week to carpool and save $144 each on yearly gas charges.

Spring is Coming

With spring just around the corner, get ready to open up your home to new, efficient windows. Replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can save you up to $1000 annually.

Don’t be a Fool for Energy Vampires

This April Fools, outsmart the energy vampires in your home by unplugging what you’re not using. Use a smart power strip for automatic savings.

Think Global

In honor of EE Global 2013, share one of the other tips with an international friend, family member, or associate to help save energy worldwide.

Drive Smarter

For the summer driving season, avoid speeding, rapid acceleration, and rapid breaking to lower gas mileage by 33% (at highway speeds). Drivers can save up to 240 gallons of gasoline, or nearly $1000, by driving sensibly on the highway.

Cool Off

Make sure your AC equipment is in top running order, since cooling puts the greatest stress on your summer energy bills.

Keep the Heat Out

Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and be sure your house isproperly insulated to save up to 20% on energy bills.

Back to School Savings

If you and your kids are out at school and work, install a programmable thermostat – or even a smart thermostat – to raise your home’s temperature while it’s empty. This can reduce energy bills by up to 10%.

Dinner’s Ready

The 21st annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner is on Oct. 2. To save energy at your own dinner table, replace an old fridge with an ENERGY STAR model to save up to $200 each year.

Temperatures Drop, and so do the Bills

Keep the temperature of your water heater at 120 degrees, and insulate the hot water storage tank to save money on heating costs.

End the Year on a LOW Note

You made so many energy-saving changes this year, give yourself the gift of a home energy assessment to see how much more energy you can save next year!

The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy. We encourage business, government, environmental and consumer leaders to use energy efficiency as a means to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.


  • Reply January 14, 2013


    I’m glad to see that someone is talking about insulation.

  • Reply January 14, 2013

    RESNET SmartHome

    Great tips for the whole year! But no need to wait until December for a home energy assessment. Get one early and you can create a plan of attack with your home energy auditor!

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