Replace your light bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume a lot of electricity; wasting much of it. This is especially true in large homes, and in homes with large numbers of occupants. Newer bulbs, such as Compact Fluorescent Lights ("CFLs") consume one fifth of the energy used by traditional bulbs. Switching to CFL bulbs is one of the lowest cost ways to get huge savings on your electricity bill.
ENERGY STAR® is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Products can earn the ENERGY STAR® label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR® product specifications. ENERGY STAR® qualified products use as much as 50% less energy than standard products.
You can search for ENERGY STAR® products across many major retailers (e.g. Best Buy, Amazon) and find the best deals. You can compare the total cost of owning a product, which includes both the upfront cost as well as the ongoing costs of operating the product (at your utility rate / usage).
In addition to your Action Plan, you can search through our Energy Tips. There are ideas for quick behavior changes, weekend projects, maintenance, when it breaks, health and comfort, and other energy saving ideas. You can easily add those to your action plan.
If you mark an item on your plan as completed, we will track your estimated energy use and savings over time. We can use this to find additional savings options.