Do It Yourself Tools
Begin with simple changes in lifestyle habits such as:
- switching lights off when not occupying rooms,
- turning the thermostat one degree up or down,
- operate major appliances late in the evening during off-peak hours, and
- turn off your computer at night, then
- replace incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star CFL Compact Flourescent Lights,
- repair and replace gasket seals around exterior doors and re-caulk windows annually, and
- make sure attic insulation is at least 12” deep between ceiling joists to achieve R-38 using cellulose.
Eventually you’ll want to install energy efficient exterior doors and windows.
If every American home replaced just one light with a light that's earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.