We are continuing a tour of your home’s energy use. Recently, we broke down how your family uses energy in the bathroom. Today, we move on to the bedroom!
The bedside lamp is one biggest energy guzzlers in your bedroom! Replace the fixture with an ENERGY STAR qualified one. ENERGY STAR qualified lamps and light fixtures come in a variety of styles and models, and you are sure to find something that will complement the décor in your bedroom.
After the lamp has been replaced, switch the light bulb to a CFL. These bulbs have a higher quality light output, use less energy and last up to ten times longer than their incandescent counterparts.
Of course, don’t forget to turn off the light when you leave the room!
In-window air conditioning units can also drain a lot of money from your utility bill, but there are ways to make those units more efficient. Look for an ENERGY STAR qualified air conditioner, as it will use ten percent less energy than standard models without compromising your comfort.
Always insulate your air conditioning units with AC covers. These covers will go a long way to preventing energy loss. Make sure your window AC units fit tightly into the space – no outdoor air should be able to enter the room.
If you have a television or DVD/VCR combination unit in your bedroom, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified unit. It uses less energy, but the performance and quality remain the same.
Many televisions still pull power when they are turned off; an ENERGY STAR unit still pulls power, but it pulls less power than traditional sets. Even with the decreased power pull, the unit still has clock displays, retains channel settings and keeps remote control settings intact.