If we compare the average home today to a home that’s been upgraded to be more energy efficient, we’ll find that it’s possible to lessen annual energy consumption by almost 60 percent! There are a number of ways you can conserve energy in your home, which will result in lower energy bills every month. And most of the changes that you can make in your home are often healthier choices for our environment too.
Here are a few great ways to save more energy (and money!) in your home:
Heating and Air Conditioning
1. Try to keep your thermostat set to a comfortable setting at all times, ideally between 65 and 70 degrees.
2. Install ceiling fans to keep warm/cool air circulating. There are many remote controlled units available.
3. If you’re going to leave a room for a long period of time, be sure to turn off your A/C unit until you return.
4. If you live in a hot climate and rely on heavy A/C in summer, install a Power Conditioner to save money.
5. When your fireplace isn’t being used, close the damper or flu to keep the cold air out, and the warm air in.
6. Avoid using the washing machine for partial loads. It’s a better use of energy if you fill it to capacity.
7. Pre-soak extra dirty laundry for a few hours. This will keep you from having to run the machine twice.
8. For garments that aren’t very dirty, use a small amount of detergent and a lighter wash setting.
9. Electric dryers use much more energy so opt for a clothes line in summer, and a gas dryer in winter.
10. Do your Ironing all at one time and during off-peak hours for the most efficient use of energy.
Refrigerators and Freezers
11. Defrost refrigerators and freezers regularly. Frost build-up increases the load on compressor motors.
12. Inspect your refrigerator and look for any leaking gaskets and door seals.
13. Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer doors often as it requires much more energy to stay cool.
14. Upgrade to modern, energy efficient appliances. Today’s models use much less energy than older ones.
15. Don’t boil water in an open pan. A covered pan boils water faster and uses less energy to do the job.
16. Keep range top burners and reflectors clean to help generate more heat and save energy when cooking.
17. When the food you’re cooking starts to boil, turn your stove to a lower setting to finish cooking.
18. Turn off lights when you leave a room, or install automatic sensors to save a bunch on lighting expenses.
19. Use modern low wattage energy efficient lamps and ballasts wherever possible.
20. Replace incandescent light bulbs with modern energy efficient LED replacement light bulbs.
These twenty ideas are just handful of tips to lower your energy bills. There are many other ways you can conserve energy and cut your energy costs at home.