5 Easy Ways to Save Energy
Making energy-efficient updates could help cut hundreds of dollars off your utility bills.
Put a stop to high heating and cooling costs by making small home improvements. These easy, energy-efficient projects can help you conserve power and save money.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Schedule your thermostat to raise or lower the temperature inside your home while you’re at work or sleeping to help reduce energy use. The Lyric Thermostat from our partner Honeywell is a smart option. MetLife customers can get it at a discount.
Savings: $180 per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Use Smart Power Strips
When electronics are plugged in but not in operation, they still use electricity; this is called standby power loss. Smart power strips make it easy for you to cut power to items when they’re not in use.
Savings: Up to $100 per year, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).
Switch to ENERGY STAR®-Certified Bulbs
Certified bulbs last 6 to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and provide the same brightness—while using about 75 percent less energy.
Savings: $40 to $135 over the bulb’s lifetime, according to ENERGY STAR.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
The DOE reports that water heating typically accounts for 14 to 18 percent of your utility bill. You can reduce the energy used to heat water by installing a showerhead that uses 2.5 or fewer gallons per minute.
Savings: About $145 per year, according to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).
Seal and Insulate Your House
Even the smallest gaps in your home’s interior can let a significant amount of air out—or in. Help reduce heating and cooling costs by finding leaks, sealing them and replacing old insulation.
Savings: More than $200 per year, according to ENERGY STAR.