Many people are truly unaware of how simple it is to conserve energy within their own home. Just a few simple changes can reduce your energy consumption, save money and allow your home and family to be more eco-friendly. With the help of the energy maestros at Power Experts, here we list ten actionable changes that you can make use of starting today.
1: Change the Way Heating and Cooling is Used
Set the thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer and to 68 degrees in the winter. For every two degrees difference in a thermostat setting, you will use between two and 10 percent less energy and lower your utility bills by the same percentage. Changing the air filter on your air conditioner will help ensure it is working at top efficiency; which in turn, saves money and reduces energy usage.
2: Replace Light Bulbs
The average home uses more than 10 percent of its total energy on lighting. Changing out traditional light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light emitting diodes (LED) will reduce energy consumption from lighting by more than 50 percent.
3: Washing Dishes
Use the dishwasher to clean your dishes. A dishwasher uses significantly less water than hand washing. Turn off the dry cycle, and let the dishes air dry to save even more energy and money.
Do not start a load of laundry until you have a full load. A small load of laundry uses nearly the same amount of energy as a large load. Use the cold water setting on your washing machine whenever possible. This simple change reduces energy usage by eliminating the need for hot water. Line dry clothes outside, if weather permits.
5: Upgrade Old Appliances
A simple way to reduce your home’s energy use is to upgrade your appliances to energy efficient ones. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study stating if just 10 percent of all households used energy-efficient appliances; there would be a reduction of carbon emissions equal to 1.7 million trees.
6. Windows and Doors
Most homes lose more than 30 percent of their heat through windows and doors. There are two ways your home is able to use less energy though windows and doors. Insulate and caulk around them to reduce heat loss. If possible, replace old windows with energy-efficient ones. If your home does not have a storm door, install one to help eliminate heat loss through the door.
7. Toilets and Showers
Toilets and showers consume a massive amount of energy in every home. Installing energy-efficient shower heads and toilets will dramatically reduce water usage in your home. Installing a low-flow shower head and toilets in your home will result in a conservation of more than 12,000 gallons of water a year.
8. Change Your Water Heater
Replacing your old water heater for an energy-efficient tankless water heater results in tremendous energy savings. Tankless water heaters only heat water as needed. Traditional water heaters heat water constantly resulting in increased energy use.
9. Curtains and Blinds
Curtains and blinds are a simple way for your home to use less energy. Keep them closed at night to prevent cold air from cooling your home. Open your curtains and blinds during the day to allow your home to be heated by the sun.
10: Unplug Electronic Devices
Turned off yet plugged in electronic devices use an astonishing amount of energy. The EPA estimates electronic devices consume more than 70 percent of their total energy while they are plugged in and not being used.
If you enact these 10 simple energy saving ideas, your home will use less energy and improve its carbon footprint. Reducing your home’s energy consumption will aid the environment and save you money on your utility bills.