Pricey energy bills can certainly zap your spirits, especially in those hot summer months. Fortunately, there are some extremely simple ways to save energy and reduce home energy usage with almost no effort. Here are 12 easy energy saving tips that you can implement in your home:
Energy Saving Tips
1. Unplug unused appliances & devices
Almost everything you plug in will consume electricity, whether it is turned on or not. Your TV, toaster, blender, or even your phone charger, will waste energy when they are not in use. Unplug these items when you aren’t using them to save some green.
2. Turn off your lights
It sounds simple, but people forget to do this all the time! Making a habit of turning off the lights as you leave a room will definitely lower the electric bill. Also make sure all lights in your home are LED light bulbs to save even more.
3. Lower your water heater temperature
Hot water heaters are often programmed at an unnecessarily high temperature. A temperature of 120 degrees is often considered adequate. Reducing your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees will also help reduce the electric bill!
4. Turn up the thermostat
It takes a lot of energy to cool an entire home, apartment, or condo. A small temperature adjustment can take a load off your air conditioning unit and your wallet!
5. Change your air filters
An air filter that has been clogged by dust reduces the efficiency of your home cooling system. By replacing your air filters regularly, you can improve your air conditioner’s performance and improve your energy conservation.
6. Run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine
Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is full before setting it to run. A dishwasher and washer require a decent amount of energy to clean your dishes and clothes. Running it fewer times will save you some money!
7. Close your blinds & curtains
When your windows aren’t covered, sunlight can directly enter your home and heat it up in a hurry. By closing blinds and curtains, you can block a significant portion of this heat and save energy!
8. Install fluorescent light bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs produce as much light as a normal light bulb but only consume one fifth of the electricity. As a result, they will last about 6 times longer than incandescent light bulbs.
9. Set your refrigerator’s temperature
Setting your refrigerator’s temperature to 37 degrees or as close as possible can reduce the energy that it consumes while keeping your food cold. It is also a good idea to check that the refrigerator doors are sealed correctly to prevent cold air from getting out.
10. Hang dry your clothing
Hang drying your clothing can save you money and electricity. A dryer takes up a lot of energy especially for a family who’s doing multiple loads per week.
11. Reduce heat in the kitchen
To reduce heat in the kitchen try using an outside barbecue or eating things that don’t require cooking. Refraining from using your oven and stove will keep your kitchen and home much cooler.
12. Save water
Hot water is expensive and uses a lot of electricity. By taking shorter showers, turning the water off when brushing your teeth, shaving and washing your hands can save a lot of water and energy.
So what are you waiting for? These 12 easy energy saving tips can be done in just a few minutes time and save you a lot of money!
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