5 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home
Saving energy reduces the drain on the earth while cutting the strain on your budget. Finding energy saver tips is really a win-win for any homeowner or bill-paying adult. Start out with simple tips to reduce your energy waste, or invest in upgrades that will mean big savings in the long run.
Weatherproof Your Home
Leaky windows, door jams and ducts are a huge waste of energy. Stop forcing your HVAC system to work so hard by keeping the outside air from entering your home. By reducing the drafts, you will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Additionally, think about planting trees to serve as windbreakers or shade trees to further reduce the affect of the outside forecast on your energy bills.
Smart Monitor Your Settings
You can utilize top-of-the line systems to reduce wasted energy. Smart systems can report energy use and waste directly to your phone. You can also control your home’s lights and completely turn off every light with the flick of one button – saving yourself time and hassle when lights are accidentally left on. Programmable thermostats will help reduce energy wasted when no one is home, while keeping the house comfortable whenever people are there to enjoy it.
Reduce Water Waste
By lowering your water use (and, specifically your hot water use), you will be able to cut energy waste, reduce the strain on the filtering plants and help avoid water crisis in the event of a dry spell. Even cutting two minutes of time from your shower would translate to conserving as much as 10 gallons of water. Showers tend to require less water than baths. Only wash full loads of dishes and clothes. Utilize cool or “economy warm” settings when possible, since cold water takes less energy. Look for ENERGY STAR® rated appliances that meet strict efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce water waste and energy waste.
Watch Out for Ghost Power Draw
Did you know that your electronics draw power even when they are turned off? Use power strips to create a barrier between your device and the outlet – the power strip will stop drawing power when it is switched off. This is important to do for your TVs, DVD players, gaming systems, computers, laptops, phone chargers and other home electronics. Make sure you turn off your things when you are not in the room.
Turn off the Air
Turning on the heat or the air conditioner doesn’t need to be a seamless transition. During the spring and fall months, when the weather is not sweltering or freezing, utilize windows and try to avoid using either heat or AC. Just a few weeks of holding out for the AC or heat can make a big difference on your energy use. While you are weathering the weather, you can turn on ceiling fans to cool your skin, open windows to let in a breeze or burn a wood fire to warm your rooms. Fans don’t actually cool rooms, they just make your skin feel cooler; so, don’t leave them on when you are gone in the hopes that they will cool your home.