• It’s that time of year again! October is Energy Awareness Month and like the name suggests, it’s focused on spreading awareness about the importance of saving energy. By becoming more conscious of our energy use, individuals are likely to make some adjustments to boost their home’s energy efficiency.

    As the state’s energy education program under guidance from the State Corporation Commission, Virginia Energy Sense’s mission is to educate residents about their energy consumption habits and offer cost-effective and easy-to-implement tips. Ultimately, these actions will funnel into helping Virginia reduce its electric energy consumption by 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2022.

    With the seasons changing and temperatures outside dropping, your home needs to be prepared. Below are several easy tips you can implement to save on your energy bill and reduce your energy use overall.

    Home Energy Saving Tips

    • Maintain your HVAC system – Check your HVAC system to see if any air filters need to be replaced. Doing this several times throughout the year ensures an unrestricted airflow throughout your home and reduces energy from being wasted.
    • Use a programmable thermostat – Smart thermostats automatically raise or lower the temperature in your home based on your habits. Even cooler, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.
    • Buy ENERGY STAR equipment – Need to replace a household appliance? When shopping for new appliances, check to see if they have an ENERGY STAR label as these are more energy efficient.
    • Seal air leaks – Keep hot air from escaping your home or office by sealing any air leaks with weather-strips or caulk.
    • Insulate your home – As the weather gets colder, it’s important to have your home insulated to keep heat inside. Check your attic, basement and exterior walls and add more insulation if necessary.
    • Switch to LEDs – If you currently use incandescent lightbulbs in your home or office, consider replacing them with LEDs which use less energy and will last longer!
    • Apply for rebates – Our website includes a detailed, up-to-date list of residential incentives that you can apply for after making energy efficient upgrades to your home.
    • Use your fans – Since hot air rises, run your ceiling fans clockwise to circulate it back to floor level.
    • Unblock your vents – Make sure warm-air registers, baseboard heaters or ad radiators in your home are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes. This can cause spikes in your energy use if the heat is not circulating through your home.
    • Use power strips – Plug in multiple devices, like your TV and tablet, to a power strip to easily turn off all devices when not in use.

    If you’d like to learn more about energy saving, today is Energy Efficiency Day and it’s a great first step in becoming energy efficient! Take the initiative by implementing some of these tips at home, or visit our website for additional recommendations on conserving your energy usage.

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    Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!