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Earth Day Recap: Sharing Tips for Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

April 24, 2013 - 12:30pm

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This week, more than 1 billion people in more than 190 countries celebrated Earth Day, demonstrating their support for environmental protection. First started in 1970 to encourage environmental reform, Earth Day is now an opportunity to take individual actions to protect the environment and use our resources -- like energy -- more efficiently.

To celebrate Earth Day, we hosted a live Q&A to share tips and advice that will help you save energy and money at home. Whether you wanted to know about incentives for home renewable energy systems, low-cost tips for effectively cooling your house or how products earn an Energy Star label, our panel of experts answered your home energy efficiency questions. Weren’t able to watch the event live? Check out an archive of the discussion to learn energy efficiency strategies that will not only reduce your impact on the planet but also save you money on your energy bills.

We also know that many of you have great energy-saving tips that our readers can benefit from. Below is a Storify of some of our online community’s best tips for ways to save energy and money at home. Hopefully, the ideas shared -- during the video discussion and from our followers -- will inspire you to take action to reduce your energy use and improve your home’s comfort all year long.

#tipsEnergy: Favorite Energy-Saving Tips for Earth Day

Every month we ask you to share your energy-saving tips using #tipsEnergy, and we highlight some of our favorite ones in a Storify to encourage others to save energy and money at home.

Storified by Energy Department ·
Wed, Apr 24 2013 15:43:33

There
are many ways to save energy -- from making small efficiency improvements
yourself to investing in large energy upgrades that will save you money over the
long term. The energy-saving strategies you adopt depend on where you live, how
you use energy at home and your price range for making improvements. For
this month's #tipsEnergy, we want to know your favorite energy-saving tips for Earth Day.    

Don't pay for energy you aren't using.
Turn off and unplug your electronics when you’re done using them, as one
Twitter user suggests, or consider using a power strip to turn off more than
one electronic device at once. Reducing your standby
power load
-- the amount of energy consumed by electronics while they are
turned off -- could save you up to $100 a year.

As the weather heats up, remember to
not heat your home with appliances
and lighting
. In addition to using a hood fan to
avoid heating up the kitchen, as one Twitter user suggests, check out these Energy
Saver tips
for saving energy in the kitchen.

Did you know that one of the simplest
ways to save energy and money is to switch to energy-efficient light
bulbs? Upgrading 15 of the inefficient incandescent light bulbs in your
home could save you about $50 a year. Learn more about the different
lighting choices
that will save you money.

As you're exploring ways to save energy
and money, remember to check with your local utility. Many of them have energy
efficiency programs to help homeowners assess
their energy use
and make efficiency improvements.

For more ways to save energy and money at home, check out Energy Saver.

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