Nowadays, more homeowners are getting more conscious about their finances and habits. Apart from simply wanting to save on a few bucks, many are also in the pursuit of joining the environmentalism movement. As the effects of climate change are starting to sink in, thankfully, people are realizing that small changes in one’s lifestyle can make a big impact in reducing energy consumption. These lifestyle changes begin at home.
Whether you’re trying to be more environmentally conscious or simply looking for ways to save on your monthly electricity bill, here are some things you should be paying attention to:
Turn off the lights and electrical appliances
When you are not at home, make sure to turn off all the lights and electrical appliances not in use. Same applies whenever travelling away from home — be it for the weekend or for a full vacation stay — make sure to turn everything off (coffee maker included) — except maybe for the appliances that keep foods from spoiling.
Doing this may seem difficult at first, especially when you’re used to just keeping things plugged in and switched on. But, once you get used to it, you’ll see that this small positive change in your habit can radically reduce your bills. Plus, it also helps you prolong the life of your appliances as well.
You can also choose to heat only the rooms that you use, such as a bedroom or living room. There’s no need for you to heat your garage, your storage, or laundry area, not to mention any guest rooms nobody is occupying.
Additionally, always remember to turn off your computer, printer, Wi-Fi, and TV overnight.
Use LED lighting
Energy-efficient lights can save up to 70% of your lighting cost. LED Lighting Products use less energy and have a longer lifetime — which means you could save your money for less energy consumption and replacing time.
There are also Smart Home Lights that can be controlled through mobile apps or home automation hubs with the integration of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth; you will be able to control them from anywhere and have control over lighting itself to make lights dim. So if you forgot to turn off lights before leaving, log in to a mobile app and do it.
Optimize cooling and heating
Shut doors to rooms or areas you are not using, and only cool or heat the areas where you are spending the most time. This will help you save big on wasted energy.
During winter, make sure to seal your windows firmly and close curtains at night properly, while setting the thermostat between 18 to 20 degrees. During summer, close curtains during the day to keep sunlight away from your home, also, set the thermostat to 25 degrees. Try using the newest models of cooling and heating devices — that have energy-saving technology.
Manage washing dishes and clothes
A great way to save energy in your home is by holding out from washing your dishes or clothes until you have a full load or a full machine.
Also, you can stop the washing operation after rinse and let the dry cycle be done by natural air. Consider doing this every time you do your dishes in the evening, and leaving them overnight to dry in the washer — which could save you good money over the year. Remember that drying cycles consume a considerable amount of energy for something that could happen naturally with the same results.
Insulation matters: add insulation to your roof, water heaters and hot water pipes, and doors to save energy in your home by making sure you’re not letting any of the heat disperse (don’t forget about the crawl space either, if your home has one).
Make sure to turn off water heaters if you plan on leaving for a few days, it can save big on energy; most of the new heaters nowadays can heat water within one or two hours maximum, so there’s no need to worry about how long it will take to reheat after you return home.
- The fridge is running 24/7, so you need to make sure that door sealing is perfect to prevent any leakage, while also making sure you set the degrees of your fridge and freezer to match the perfect condition for your weather.
- Use microwaves instead of electric ovens, as they consume much less electricity and need less running time to heat food.
- Remove frozen food from the freezer before cooking to give it a chance to melt naturally without the need for heating.
- Keep the oven door closed while cooking, the temperature can be dropped by 20 to 25 degrees each time you open the oven door.
Upgrade your HVAC system
If you’re not fully familiar with this, the HVAC system consists of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. Here’s how you can save home energy by upgrading your HVAC system:
- In northern regions, heating consumes about 45% of home energy because of cold weather. So upgrading your heaters is mandatory. You can also consider replacing them with a fireplace in your living room. For instance, if you notice that your water heater is going bad, now’s a good time for you to replace it.
- Ventilation system consists of a network of ducts that distributes cold and hot air throughout your home. So you must insulate ducts properly to avoid heat dissipation and save energy from being wasted in vain and do the maintenance for this system.
- In southern regions, air conditioners consume a high amount of energy during high-temperature times; an AC with inverters is useful to optimize the usage.
Buy A-rated appliances or appliances with energy-saving technology
While A-rated appliances may be a little more expensive than regular appliances, the additional energy savings will end up covering the additional cost in a year or two tops. These devices are better, safer, and help you reduce your energy bills significantly.
For example, today’s modern realistic electric fireplaces do have the elegant look and when it comes to power consumption, these are totally bill-friendly equipment.
Install motion-detector sensors
Motion-detector sensors are those lights that brighten once they feel movement near or under it. These devices can help you turn off the lights in any room if you completely forgot to do it yourself, or if you end up spending more time away from home than you had expected.
If you living in a quite large area, compound or small city, then you can use solar energy in some applications like lighting, heating water or any suitable loads. It could help you save your money as you are using renewable energy — plus, you’d be doing the environment a big favor.
The initial cost of setting in place a solar energy system is considerably high but definitely worth it in the long term. You’ll start to feel the differences in your bank statements when you no longer have to pay as much in your electricity bill, even if you still have a lot of appliances and gadgets at home.
Every homeowner is always looking for ways to save on the utility expenses at home. After all, of the many bills that one has to pay, one of the most expensive has to do with the electricity. Since people are spending more time at home for school and work, it’s expected that the electricity expense is even going to become more expensive.
Saving a huge chunk of your electricity bill begins with creating small changes at home. The above tips can help you get started in that pursuit.
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