Green is the New Black

The average U.S. household spends about $1,900 per year on home utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

United Housing Inc. has compiled a list for Mid-South families to reduce their energy costs and increase their home’s energy efficiency.

“There are several measures that homeowners and renters can take to control, or lower, their monthly utility bills,” said Tim Bolding, Executive Director of United Housing. “Adding insulation, purchasing new appliances, and even making small changes in your family’s energy consumption can add up to big monthly savings this winter, and every season.”

Here are some noteworthy tips from United Housing’s list:

- Adding or replacing insulation can save you up to 30 percent on your heating bill, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.

- If you need to buy new appliances, buy the most energy efficient models you can afford. Households that replace existing equipment Energy Star qualified products can cut annual energy bills by as much as 30 percent, or more than $450 per year.

- Keep the thermostat between 68-72 degrees in the cooler winter months. For each degree you lower your thermostat, you can save up to five percent on the heating portion of your energy bill.

- Turning off the water while brushing one’s teeth alone can save as much as four gallons a minute, according to Water – Use It Wisely. Also, only running the dishwasher when its full can save as much as 1,000 gallons of water a month per household.

For a complete list of tips on how to save energy this winter, contact United Housing at 901-272-1122 or visit