We know it's not always easy being green, but there are a few simple things you can do to reduce your energy use and save money (bonus!). Follow these 4 smart tips and start watching your energy consumption go down.
Find the Right Air Conditioning Setting
You can actually save between 6 and 18 percent on your cooling bill this summer by running the air conditioner at 78°F instead of 72°F or lower.
Also check out, 13 Cool Summer Hacks to Help You Beat the Heat.
Replace High-Energy Light Bulbs
Replace inefficient incandescent lights with LED lights, which use 75 percent less energy and last about 25 times longer. Also, LED lights contain no mercury.
Landscape with Shade
A shade tree planted on the east, west or northwest side of a home can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 35 percent. Deciduous (leaf-dropping) trees are best. Your local Hy-Vee Lawn & Garden Center can help you find the right amount of shade.
Avoid the Vampire
Vampire power is the standby power items use when they're turned off yet remain plugged in. With a power strip from Hy-Vee, you can conveniently turn off all items at once, preventing phantom energy loss.