10 Ways to be Energy Efficient at Home

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Energy efficiency is at the heart of our sustainable activity.

We’ve been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for our continued work in reducing the amount of energy our facilities use.

The more we can do to reduce energy usage, the better.

That’s why we think it’s important to share energy efficient tactics with our readers; give them some tips they can use at home to make their household more efficient.

Furthermore, GM partners with utilities in the communities where we have operations, to increase our efficiency. In Michigan, we partner regularly with DTE Energy, not only outside of our plants, but on the inside, as well.

One of their employees, Manny Pervolarakis, who works with our larger energy team, provided 10 tips for being energy efficient at home. And since they coincide nicely with our viewpoints on energy, we wanted to share.

Energy Tips

  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F. Water heating can account for 14 percent to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. For households with one or two members, set your water heater even lower to 115°F.
  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 36°F and 38°F and the freezer between 0°F and 5°F.
  • Check ductwork for air leaks, especially at joints. Seal off leaks with foil-faced tape rather than duct tape.
  • Use drapes, curtains or blinds to keep windows covered during the day to reduce heat from the sun.
  • Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) equivalent.
  • When making purchases, buy energy-efficient equipment and appliances whenever possible. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure energy savings.
  • Keep your thermostat as low as comfortably possible. For each degree you set your thermostat below 72°F, you can reduce your heating costs by approximately 3 percent.
  • Keep your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. For every degree you set your thermostat above 72°F, you can reduce your cooling bill by 3 percent.
  • Cook outside on a grill as much as possible. Use your stove’s exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen when cooking indoors.
  • Let your dishes air-dry in your dishwasher rather than using the drying feature.

What do you do at home to be more energy efficient?

Article by General Motors, appearing courtesy 3BL Media.

About Author

Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

  • Jim Van Damme

    Install a solar hot water heater.

  • http://conserve-energy-future.com/ Rinkesh

    I’d like add couple of ways more. Switch off lights and fans when you are going on vacation. Don’t hesitate to switch off even your refrigerator if you are going out for a week. Use daylight as much as possible to reduce your electricity bills.

  • http://www.blessing-homes.com Sally Burr

    Great tips – Simple things can make such a difference! When replacing appliances, many dont think to buy energy efficient. Something to think about for sure.