The considerable efforts of the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU, USA) to save energy.

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Risparmio energetico: quattro consigli

We know that practical advice for saving energy has always been appreciated by our readers and we are pleased to periodically receive the  DCSEU newsletter.

The DCSEU helps DC residents and businesses use less energy and save money.

The tasks of the DCSEU are various: to provide financial incentives, technical assistance and – last but not least – to provide information and advice to save and make the best use of energy, without wasting it. Lately we have received a newsletter entitled “4 Energy Saving Resolutions That Will Save You Money in the New Year”. Let’s see what the DCSEU recommends.

First tip: switch your lighting. Remember that LED bulbs can last 25,000 hours or longer, 25 times longer than old incandescent light bulbs and 2.5 times longer than compact fluorescent light (CFL). The DCSEU also recommends replacing the 5 bulbs that we use most in our home with LED bulbs. The savings would be more then 65-100 $ / year in energy costs, which (to date) would be around 54 – 91 €. Well, that’s a nice sum. Another recommendation: when leaving a room remember to always switch off the light.

Second tip: complete a home energy repair. Don’t put off your home maintenance any longer. Whether it is sealing drafts and cold spots or installing a smart thermostat, anything makes a difference in energy savings. Just spending a little on a new filter for your heating and refrigeration system will go a long way toward maintaining efficiency and decreasing your energy bills.

Third tip: use your fans. Bathroom exhaust fans can help control the moisture in your home, save energy and keep you comfortable. During the summer, setting your ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction will allow you to raise your thermostat settings by about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort.

Fourth tip: Unplug more. While you’re dusting your TV, computer, gaming equipment and other home electronics, take a look at how they’re plugged in. Do not overload the sockets, unplug devices that are not in use or invest in an advanced smart power strip, which automatically cuts electricity to any idle equipment you choose.

We will continue to read the DCSEU news carefully. Some of the news is too tied to American reality, but others can provide suggestions valid also for us.