Turn Off Unnecessary Lights and Electronics
Simply turning off lights and unused electronics can greatly reduce your energy bill. Even while on idle, these appliances are still using energy while 'out of use.'
Switch Out Old Incandescent Bulbs for CFL or LED Bulbs
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and Light Emitting Diodes (LED) bulbs have a longer lifespan and use fewer kilowatts to light your home. Replacing your old light bulbs with these will save energy, money, and trips to the hardware store. CFLs reduce the average electric bill by 7.5%.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
If you aren't sure which product is more efficient Energy Star certification is a good indicator. While the upfront costs can sometimes be greater than conventional appliances, the energy you save pays off in the long term.
Adjust Your Thermostat
This is one of the easiest things any homeowner or business owner can do to reduce energy costs and be more energy efficient. By keeping your thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter, you can save on heating and cooling costs. 78 degrees in the summer, and 68 degrees in the winter is suggested, but every degree you lower/higher your heating/cooling system, you can save up to 5% on energy costs.
Do an Energy Audit
The Monona Public Library has a battery voltmeter available for checkout for card holding members. This machine can test the efficiency of your appliances and better inform you as a homeowner on the condition of your items.
Solar Energy for Your Home
Are you interested in lowering your electric bill and saving the environment? Then solar is right for you! There are multiple opportunities for you as a homeowner to help install and finance solar installation on your home. Browse through the opportunities below to learn more.
Google's Project Sunroof - This online tool helps you predict how fit your rooftop is for solar. Enter your address for some estimates!
MadiSun - This local solar energy program is geared specifically towards homeowners by organizing group purchasing in order to get lower prices for panel purchase and installation. Additionally, they offer loan programs with customized repayment periods.