Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day and the Public Service Commission of West Virginia wants to remind all citizens that conserving the earth’s natural resources can also lower your utility bills.
Saving money on heating and cooling bills can be as simple as changing furnace filters every month. It is possible to save between 15-35% of a home’s energy loss by repairing loose or broken ductwork, caulking and weather stripping. Shading windows during the warmer months can save up to 25% of the cost to cool a home. Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs, which last up to five times longer and cost almost six times less to use than traditional incandescents. If your electric utility provider offers a free energy audit, take advantage of it. The information can save you money all year round.
Residents can also lower their water bill by making small changes in water usage and checking for leaks. Nationwide, household water leaks waste more than one trillion gallons of water each year. That’s enough to provide a year’s worth of water for 11 million homes. Ten percent of homes have leaks that can waste 90 gallons or more per day. A faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Check faucet gaskets and washers and replace them when necessary. Installing a low flow showerhead or faucet aerator can save gallons and dollars every time the tap is turned on. Turning off the water while brushing your teeth will save three to five gallons or as much as 1,200 gallons a month for a family of four.
On Earth Day and every day, remember that saving the earth’s resources is good for the planet and good for the budget. For more information, visit the PSC website: www.psc.state.wv.us and click on the links under the heading “Conservation.”