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.
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 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 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
Wait until your dishwasher is full before setting it to run. A dishwasher requires a decent amount of energy to clean your dishes. 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!
So what are you waiting for? These 7 easy energy saving tips can be done in just a few minutes time and save you a lot of money!
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Editor's note: This post was originally published in May 8, 2017.