Energy consumption can really add up to your expenses, and being able to save on how much energy you consume can ultimately lead to more savings for your budget. If you are suffering from expensive electricity bills and would like to cut on costs, you can follow these energy saving tips to have a more energy-efficient home.
Pay Attention to the Appliances You Choose and Maintain them Properly
· Smaller appliances generally consume less electricity.
· Use toasters or microwaves for preparing small dishes that only need to be heated. Microwaves cut the cooking time and save on energy.
· Use LED lights or Energy Star light bulbs.
· Clean your appliances such as cook-tops, ovens, air conditioners, and fans. Less accumulated dirt will enhance the efficiency and energy consumption of these appliances.
· Replace the lights regularly along with the air filters for cooling or heating systems.
Take Note of Your Temperature
· When you can, lower your temperature by a few degrees during the winter. Pile up on your winter clothes instead. A few degrees deducted from your heating system can show a significant reduction of overall energy consumption when done regularly.
· Install timed thermostat systems. You can choose the number of hours your heating system will be on, and the intervals when they are turned on and off. When your home is already heated, you can turn the heater off for a few hours until the internal heat is consumed, then turn it on again automatically with the thermostat system. The same can be done for cooling systems.
Seasonal Tips and How to Maximize the Features of Your Home’s Physical Structure
· Open the windows during summer and let the heat out while allowing the cool breeze in.
· During winter, keep the heat in by caulking or filling in gaps in windows and doors with spacers or sealing them with tape. The cool air from the outside can affect the performance of your heater. Keeping the heat in will make the heater more efficient.
· Make use of ceiling fans in the summer. These help circulate air much better and can keep rooms much cooler.
· Make use of the fireplace whenever you can in the winter. Also remember to turn off the heating system whenever you are not home.
· Keep your windows curtain-free to let in the solar heat during winter.
Year-Round Energy Saving Tips
· Pull the plug off when the appliances are not in use.
· Take short showers instead of baths.
· Make use of compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs.
· When watering your plants, save on your water consumption by watering either in the morning or afternoon.
· Use your dishwasher’s timer, and always wash full-load. The same goes for washing machines, but make sure not to overload the appliances so that they will function efficiently.
· Dress in cool clothes in the summer and in layers of clothing during the winter to lessen the need for cooling and heating systems.
· Consider getting high performance and dual pane windows for more structural efficiency.
· Defrost your refrigerators regularly and avoid more than a quarter inch buildup of ice.
By following these tips, you can have a more energy-efficient home, more savings, and you can live in a more eco-friendly way too!