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Video:Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home

with Jon Baime

Lower your utility bills and be kind to the environment. Learn how to use less energy around your home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home

Hi, I'm Jon Baime for About.com Home. Today I'll be giving you tips on environmentally friendly, energy-saving ideas for your home.

Why Save Energy?

Nearly all scientists now believe the carbon dioxide our machines and power plants emit into the atmosphere are starting to have a drastic and perhaps dangerous effect on the earth's climate.

You can help cut carbon dioxide emissions, and cut your energy bills just by making simple lifestyle changes.

Adjust Your Thermostat

The first suggestion is as easy as pushing a button - literally. For every two degrees you adjust your thermostat down in the winter or up in the summer, you save on average 500 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Turning your thermostat down by one degree in the winter will cut your heating costs by about 3 percent. Turn it down another five degrees for four hours a day and reduce your heating bills by almost 6 percent.

Use Your Ceiling Fan

Using the reverse setting on your ceiling fan in the winter time circulates the hot air down to the room. In the summer, the fan has a cooling effect.

Using your ceiling fan creates a windchill effect that makes an 85 degree room feel like 78 degrees. This can cut your heating costs as much as 40 percent.

Turn Off Your Television

Televisions, video and DVD players, cable boxes, and other electronic equipment found in nearly every American home are wasting huge amounts of energy.

When these devices are left on standby (the equivalent of "sleep" mode for computers) they use about 40 percent of their full running power. Every year, the energy wasted from "sleeping" devices is the equivalent of the annual output of 26 power plants.

To avoid the drain of these sleeping energy hogs, plug them into a power strip and turn it off when they are not in use.

Try Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs

Use compact fluorescents bulbs. They are more expensive to purchase ($3-$10 per bulb), but don't let the price scare you. They can pay for themselves in energy savings in about two years - and then they'll last another two years.

The life of one of these is up to 10 times the life of a regular bulb. They also use 75 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light.

If every household replaced just three 60-watt compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution savings would be equal to taking 3.5 million cars off the road.

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