Clean Energy Columbus: June Energy Efficiency Kit Giveaway and Summer Tips to Save Energy

As energy costs continue to rise, finding ways to optimize energy use at home is more important than ever. Not only can this save you money, but it also helps reduce your carbon footprint, contributing to a more sustainable future. Minor adjustments for the average Columbus home can significantly impact energy consumption and monthly utility bills.

Many homes have the potential to reduce their electricity use by about 20% by upgrading old appliances and adopting more efficient habits. Using less energy can lower our carbon footprint, support the local economy, and keep energy costs down.

Energy Efficiency Kit Giveaway Event

This June, Clean Energy Columbus, in partnership with AEP Energy, hosted a successful promotional event to distribute free energy efficiency kits to Columbus residents. These kits included essential tools such as LED bulbs, low-flow showerheads, advanced power strips, LED night lights, rope caulk, and window insulation kits. The community’s response was overwhelmingly positive, with residents eager to implement these energy-saving solutions in their homes.

If you didn’t get a kit before they ran out, you can always use energy savings practices and tools to reduce your energy consumption and save money.

Simple Tools and Tips for Energy Efficiency

LED Lighting

Switching to LED lighting is one of the most straightforward and impactful ways to save energy. LEDs use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last significantly longer, often up to 25 times longer. Replacing five of your most-used light bulbs with LED equivalents could save about $75 per year on energy costs. Additionally, LEDs produce less heat, which can help keep your home cooler in the summer.

Low Flow Showerhead

Heating water accounts for approximately 18% of a typical home’s energy use. Installing a low-flow showerhead can reduce hot water consumption by up to 40%, reducing the energy needed to heat that water.

Advanced Power Strip

Many electronics consume power even when turned off, a phenomenon known as “phantom load” or “vampire power.” This phantom load can account for up to 10% of your electricity use. An advanced power strip can automatically cut off power to devices not in use, saving you on your energy bill. You can also unplug electronics when not in use for similar savings.

LED Night Light

Leaving lights on or using traditional night lights can significantly waste energy over time. LED night lights use around 80% less energy than incandescent ones. Switching to LED night lights can save approximately $10 per light annually. Although this might seem small, these savings add up, especially in homes with multiple night lights.

Rope Caulk

Drafts around doors and windows can make heating and cooling your home more expensive by allowing conditioned air to escape. Sealing these small gaps with rope caulk can reduce your energy use by up to 20%. This simple, inexpensive solution improves your home’s comfort and efficiency, especially during extreme weather.

Window Insulation Kit

Windows are responsible for 25%-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. Poorly insulated windows can let out a significant amount of heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. Using a window insulation kit can reduce this loss by up to 15%. These kits are an easy-to-install solution that provides an effective barrier against energy loss, ensuring your home remains comfortable year-round.

Clean Energy Columbus Summer Tips for Optimizing Energy Use

By incorporating these energy efficiency tools and tips into your home, you can make a substantial difference in your energy consumption and monthly utility bills. Simple changes, such as installing LED bulbs, using low-flow showerheads, and sealing drafts with rope caulk, can significantly reduce energy use and costs.

Adopting these practices not only helps you save money but also contributes to a greener, more sustainable future for Columbus. Start making these small adjustments today to enjoy a more energy-efficient home and a healthier planet.

Stay cool, stay efficient, and enjoy the summer with Clean Energy Columbus!