Start 2013 off right! Make a plan to be energy efficient every month of the year with these 12 energy-saving tips.
January: 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.
February: 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.
March: 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.
April: 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.
May: 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.
June: For the summer driving season, avoid speeding, rapid acceleration, and rapid breaking to lower gas mileage by 33 percent (at highway speeds). Drivers can save up to 240 gallons of gasoline, or nearly $1000, by driving sensibly on the highway.
July: Make sure your AC equipment is in top running order, since cooling puts the greatest stress on your summer energy bills.
August: Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and be sure your house is properly insulated to save up to 20 percent on energy bills.
September: If you and your kids are out at school and work, install a programmable thermostat – or even a smart thermostat – to lower your home's temperature while it's empty. This can reduce energy bills by up to 10 percent.
October: To save energy at your own dinner table, replace an old fridge with an ENERGY STAR model to save up to $200 each year.
November: Keep the temperature of your water heater at 120 degrees, and insulate the hot water storage tank to save money on heating costs.
December: 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!
Source: Alliance to Save Energy
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