Being energy-efficient doesn’t have to be hard. In fact easy changes in your everyday life can make huge differences. These few tips will teach you ways to save energy, and ultimately, save money.
- Wash clothes in cold water – Did you know that heating water to do laundry is one of the largest users of energy in a typical home? Cold water gets the clothes just as clean as hot water while using less energy and money.
- Use your window shades – Close your blinds on those sunny, summer days to keep out the hot sun, and open them in the winter to bring in warm rays. Doing this will keep you from having to continuously change the temperature in your home to dramatic numbers and will therefore save you so much energy.
- Make sure everything is off – Turn off all of your lights, appliances and electronics that you’re not using at the time. You can even use a power strip to keep everything plugged in to make it even easier to turn everything off at once.
- Change your light bulbs – Reduce energy use as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs. You can also use dimmers to save energy when you need less light.
- Use water-conserving faucets – Using water-conserving faucets and shower heads can help you save on your water bills. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
- Clean your filters – A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. A clogged air filter full of dirt causes your heating and cooling system to run longer in order to keep the temperature constant.
- Reduce water heater temperature –Most water heater temperatures are factory set to 140 degrees. If you reduce that setting by even a few degrees, you can save on energy costs. Water heating can account for around 12% of a family’s utility bill, so every degree counts!
- Make sure that your air leaks are sealed – Sealing your air leaks and properly insulating can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. You can seal air leaks by insulating around recessed lights, closing gaps around flues and chimneys and plugging gaps in the basement.