With the clocks turning back for the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 6, the shorter days and colder weather can sometimes mean higher energy bills.
“We want our customers to know that the time change doesn’t have to mean turning up the heat on energy bills,” said Mark Kammerer, Puget Sound Energy energy efficiency expert. “There are lots of ways to save all yearlong to keep your home comfortable and bright.”
As we move our clocks, watches and everything else back an hour, it’s also a good time to look at improving safety around your home. Consider using LEDs in your porch lights and in motion light sensors to illuminate your home when it gets darker earlier in the day.
Also: don’t forget to check on batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
PSE offers the following five ways to save energy at home:
1. Swap out old, incandescent bulbs for new, energy-efficient LEDs, such as the Philips Warm Glow LED, which uses 80 percent less energy and lasts up to 20 years.
2. Proper insulation is one of the best ways to save energy at home since it keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Start by adding insulation in areas like the attic to prevent heating or cooling from getting through unseen leaks or seams.
3. Change your showerhead to a WaterSense showerhead that saves both water and energy. Using less water means reducing demands on water heaters, too.
4. Consider replacing an old, energy-wasting fridge or clothes washer for an ENERGY STAR® certified appliance that could save you up to $200 a year.
5. Schedule a free home energy assessment from PSE to help identify energy upgrade opportunities that are uniquely tailored for your home.
PSE offers various discounts, rebates and programs on lighting, insulation, appliances and water to help customers trim down their energy bills. For more information on these and other offers, visit pse.com/savenow.