We may spend fewer hours in these rooms, but bad habits still can put a strain on your budget. You can tighten up your act and conserve energy by following these pointers.
Conserve by using low-flow showerheads, which can cut your water use in half. Taking five-minute showers and promptly fixing dripping faucets and showerheads also can help lower water consumption.
Delta Low-Flow Showerhead
$44.99 (sale price)
Available at TheInsideStore.com
Adjust your thermostat at night to save on heating and cooling costs. Raising or lowering the temperature by a couple degrees can make a big difference in energy bills. You also can use a fan or an extra blanket to stay comfortable.
Turn on electric blankets after you’re under the covers. Switching them on beforehand to heat up the sheets may be a temptation, but it wastes energy.
Sunbeam Electric Blanket
Available at ComfortHouse.com
Lower the temperature on your water heater to a maximum of 120° F to help conserve hot water. Install a timer that allows you to switch the heater on and off automatically.
Intermatic WH40 Electric Water Heater Timer
Available at Ace Hardware
Switch off lamps and lights before leaving the room.
Courtesy of Alabama Power