From leaks to inattentive usage, your home could be wasting a lot of energy. So take a little advice from OG&E and our friends. Learn to stop losing energy and start saving money.
Watch the Oklahoma City Thunder's very own Rumble the Bison, with energy-efficiency tips to help you save big.
Our detailed video offers vital information on how you're using energy, your costs, and ways to end waste—of energy and money.
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Each season offers big savings. Use these handy tips each month to raise your energy savings and lower your energy costs. Here's your first bonus tip: Clean or change the filter in your heat and air system every two to three months.
Where does the energy in your home go?
Too much of it could escape. Take a look at your home energy costs and where efficiency can equal savings. And for a more detailed view, watch our Energy Efficiency video at the top of the page.
Homes can leak as much as 30% of their air, so caulking and weatherstripping doors and windows can reduce heat and A/C usage. You’ll find other major leakage areas, too, from plumbing utilities to wall outlets. Also, simply turn down the thermostat, even a couple of degrees, to save money comfortably.
Replacing your old A/C with a high-efficiency unit can save at least 25% on bills. Change your air filters at least twice a year, if not twice a month, when the A/C is in heavy use. And if it’s cool, let air inside. Even turn the A/C up a few degrees and use a fan to cool the room you’re in.
Keep your system properly maintained, while an inexpensive insulation kit can also prevent heat loss. And lowering your water heater temperature setting from 140° F to 120° can reduce your heating energy bill by more than 10%.
The easiest way to save on lighting is to turn lights off, but also use the right bulbs. CFL bulbs will give an incandescent bulb’s light, while using 75% less electricity. And now LED bulbs are more affordable and more efficient.
When buying appliances, find the Energy Star label for efficiency ratings and usage costs. And cook with your microwave when possible, they draw less than half the power of conventional ovens. When it comes to the laundry, cold water can get your clothes just as clean without paying to warm the water. Overall, dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand, and most new units have internal booster heaters.
Choose refrigerators just large enough for your family. And if you have a second refrigerator and can afford to unplug it, do it. Clean the condenser coils on older units; try vacuuming and cleaning the coils every three months or so.
Unplug electronic units to help eliminate standby power drain. It's easier to use a power strip too, so you can turn off more units at one time. And turn off your video game consoles, they can use as much energy in the "idle" mode.
Some experts say air leakage at an average home can be the equivalent of having a window open 24 hours a day. So as we said, caulking and weatherstripping your doors and window frames helps big time. Check air ducts for small leaks, too.
Your home is probably leaking air, taking your money with it. This short video details easy steps to make your home energy-efficient, for year-round savings.
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