With the increase in the cost of living in the US, this is a big topic of conversation in every home and so many people have found unique ways to cut back on their energy use in their homes. What are some easy things we can do to cut back?
Here are 5 ways to save energy in your home.
Turn off fans and lights when you leave a room.
Fans move air around and can cool you but it isn’t actually cooling the air. The fan can add heat to the room because of the motor. This can raise the expense if you are just leaving the fan on when you leave a room. Every little bit counts. The same thing applies to lights around the house. Turning off the lights when you leave a room can drastically cut down on the expense and energy use in your home.
Close your drapes or drop and drop your window shades during the day.
This can save energy on your AC bill in the summer! When your house is nice and cool in the morning, shut everything up, use blackout curtains, and keep it closed all day to keep the cool in your house. It is also suggested that you run your AC really early to get the house as cool as possible and then turn it off with everything closed. You can even go as far as moving around your seating areas within your home to avoid the hotter spots in your house.
Wash your clothes in cold water.
The washer and dryer are one of the biggest energy uses and expenses in your home. It comes from heating the water. You can wash your clothing just as effectively using cold water if you have a newer, high-efficiency washer. You can also ensure a great cold water wash by using the correct water-formulated detergents.
Wrap or cover food and drinks in the refrigerator
This one seems silly or interesting but it helps! The compressor in your refrigerators has to work extra hard when trying to regulate temperature so when we are putting in items that are extra hot or frozen it can affect your hard. The refrigerator has to work in order to adjust the temperature. Put some plastic wrap on it or a reusable container to cover the temperature difference.
Always use a cold water faucet, unless you really want hot water.
Like the washing machine, hot water out of your faucet requires the water to be heated and this is a huge energy sucker. Pay attention to when you really need hot water from the faucet and when you can adjust to using cold water. It is a small sacrifice and save energy.
Need to Know More?
- When Should You Replace Your Heat Pump?
- Should you go with ductless AC?
- When Should You Buy a New Air Conditioner?
- Is it Worth it to get a Programmable Thermostat?
- When Does Your AC Need Replacing?
- What Does a Heat Pump Actually Do?
- Should You Have a Backup Furnace?
- 4 Tips for saving energy in your home