Here are some simple solutions to conserving energy and saving money this year.

  • Install a programmable thermostat.

That way you won’t forget to turn down the temperature at bedtime or when you go to work. You can program up to 5 days and two days for the weekend or whatever your days off are. It’s surprising what a difference just cutting back a couple degrees can make.

  • Another easy energy saving device is a motion detector light for outdoors.

It goes on when motion is detected within a certain range of the light. That means that you don’t have to leave your outdoor light on all night. If you go out for the evening, the light will turn on when you drive in to the driveway. The light will stay on for a period of time after motion is detected. This gives you time to exit the car and go into the house. Dunn also has motion sensors that control indoor lighting. That’s nice. Walk in with groceries in your hands and the kitchen light goes on automatically. When you are done in that room, the light will go out automatically after a period of time. Great for laundry rooms, walk-in closets, utility rooms, and basements.

  • If you prefer to leave the light on all night, purchase a dusk to dawn socket for your outdoor lamp.

That way you won’t forget to turn it off during the day and it will automatically go on at night whether you are home or not. Lighting can also be placed on timers.

  • Probably one of the most overlooked ways to save energy is by replacing a washer in a dripping faucet.

A dripping faucet can use several gallons a day. Over a period of time, that can add up to lot of dollars. Any of our helpful staff at our service desk can help you figure out what washer you need. Leaky toilets are even worse in wasting water. Fluidmaster kits make replacing old and worn toilet parts a snap. Ask Bill or Mac. They will be happy to show you how to install a new flapper or valve in you toilet. Save water, save money.

What is your favorite way to save money?