Your bedroom can be both comfortable and energy efficient.
Replace fixtures and bulbs with ENERGY STAR Certified lighting products.
Lighting is one of the easiest places to start saving energy. Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR Certified lights can save $70 a year in energy costs. ENERGY STAR Certified fixtures feature stylish designs and are available in a variety of models of lamps and fixtures. ENERGY STAR Certified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide high-quality light output, use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs.
Remember to always turn off your lights when leaving a room.
Room Air Conditioner
Considering purchasing a room air conditioner? ENERGY STAR Certified room air conditioners often include timers for better temperature control, allowing you to use the minimum amount of energy you need to cool your room.
- In the winter, be sure to insulate room air conditioners from the outside with a tight-fitting A/C unit cover, available at your local home improvement center or hardware store. This keeps heated air from escaping outside. Alternately, you can remove the window unit in the winter months to prevent energy losses.
- Be sure the window unit fits tightly in the window so outdoor air is not getting in.
- Large window A/C units should have their own separate electrical circuit so the system is not overloaded.
And remember, proper sizing is important for room air conditioners too!
During the winter months, replace your screens with storm windows to provide an extra barrier to the cold outside air. Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors that leak air. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR Certified models designed for your area, and save $150-500 per year in energy costs. With proper installation to ensure all gaps around them are sealed, ENERGY STAR Certified windows can help improve your comfort, cut drafts, and reduce fading of interior furnishings.
Make sure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the floors, walls, and ceiling. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork. Also make sure that all vents are clear of any furniture or rugs to improve air flow and comfort. If your home has radiators, place heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and walls. In the winter, this will help heat the room instead of the wall.
Look for the ENERGY STAR on consumer electronics products. Certified products use less energy without sacrificing quality or performance.
Consumer electronics play an increasingly larger role in your home’s energy consumption, accounting for 15% of household electricity use. Many consumer electronics products use energy even when switched off. Electronics equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR help save energy when off, while maintaining features like clock displays, channel settings, and remote-control functions.
Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.