It’s human nature to want to save money, but when thinking of energy efficiency, people often jump to the conclusion that there will be a large cost upfront. Not every change in your home means spending major money. In fact, there are quite a few ways to conserve energy that only require minimal effort from the homeowner and can lead to big savings!
Adjusting Your Thermostat
Did you know that by adjusting your thermostat according to the weather, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling? Not to mention that the closer the temperature in your house to the weather outside, the easier it is for your home to regulate, saving energy! Adjust your thermostat by 7-10 degrees when you are away from home, and you’ll start to see the savings roll in.
Be Smart About Water
You use water in almost every room in your house 一 bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, even in your yard! In places where you use hot water, your energy bill is being affected, as well as your water bill. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to cut back on water use. Turning off the sink while brushing your teeth and taking quicker showers are two frequently mentioned methods for conservation. If you already do both of those things, try making sure you only run your washing machine with a full load of dirty clothes, or washing fruits and veggies in a bowl of water instead of running your tap. When you work towards conserving water in your everyday life, you can see savings around $160 annually. Who doesn’t want a lower bill?
Turn Off Lights When You Leave a Room
If a room is empty, there is no reason to leave the light on. If you actively remember to turn off lights in rooms that are not being used, not only will you save money and electricity, but this will prevent you from having to purchase light bulbs as often too! The actual amount of money that would be saved by turning off lights is determined by the type of lightbulbs you use, so make sure to use energy efficient ones like LEDs. LED light bulbs are up to 80% more efficient than traditional bulbs, and only cost around $1.32 per 1,000 hours of operation as opposed to $6.60 for an incandescent bulb.
Unplug Electronics When Not in Use
Are you done with your coffee maker for the day? What about your phone charger? When these items are left plugged in, even after you’ve finished using them, they use power. In fact, it is estimated that these small appliances contribute up to 10% of your home’s energy usage. Save energy by unplugging any of these small appliances when you’re done with them, and you’ll see savings of up to $100 per year on your bill.
Taking small steps to be more efficient both with energy and money doesn’t have to be a major life change. Consider working one of these tips into your everyday life, and see how your bill is affected! Starting small can lead to bigger life changes and this is the perfect way to see what energy-saving habits work best for you.