There are many little changes in everyday lives and some major financial commitments we can take that benefit the environment and also lower the cost of utility bills.
Saving energy means using fewer energy resources to perform the same tasks, this translates to lower energy costs. In order to save energy, you need to know where it is being spent and how it can be used most efficiently. Save energy by turning off appliances while you’re not using them; this costs so little, yet this habit will help you save plenty of energy.
1. Replace your light bulbs with LED lights
Traditional light bulbs use so much energy and must be changed regularly. Halogen incandescent bulbs, light-emitting diode rating (LED) bulbs use approximately 25-80% less energy, and last 3 to 25 times as long. While energy-efficient bulbs cost more on the rack, they have lower operating costs and longer lifetimes.
2. Make Use of a Smart or Programmable Thermostat
An energy-efficient thermostat may be programmed to turn off while you’re sleeping or when you’re gone. Installing a configurable thermostat means lessening your heating and cooling costs without replacing your air conditioning system. If you use a programmable thermostat, you might save $180 per year on your energy bill. You may also choose from several programmable thermostats that work to meet your needs on a monthly, daily, or even hourly basis. Additional functions of thermostats provide indicators that notify you when you know the HVAC device or filters need to be replaced.
3. Eliminate or Reduce Thermal Bridges in your Home
Thermal bridges happen when a portion of a wall, floor, or roof becomes so hot that it carries away more of the heat than the surrounding substance. This has the effect of drawing heat out from the home, creating more energy that’s needed to maintain a constant and pleasant indoor temperature. Even in a perfect and completely sealed setting, thermal bridges can account for as much as 30% of heat loss. The technology you already have is just as good as your creativity, experience, common sense, and persistence when it comes to locating hidden places in your house. You just running your hand across a wall will focus your eyes on the exposed pipes in the cooler areas.
4. Insulate Your Home
The only approach to avoid thermal bridges is to insulate your house. In the winter, you’ll be storing heat, and in the summer, you’ll be letting it out. It is estimated that up to 70% of the electricity that is needed to heat and cool the building will be saved. The amount of “R” needed depends on where you reside. It is a common misconception that houses built in the coldest areas like the Northeast should have even lower insulation values, to avoid freezing in the winter. The insulation used in your house depends on where the room is located. The four most important places that you can insulate are the attic, windows, basement, and crawlspace.
5. Always Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
Using a more power saving dryer and refrigerator will save you money on electricity. They will reduce electrical usage by installing heat pumps. Maintaining and repairing your equipment on an annual basis would have a significant impact on your energy use.
Conserving energy is good for the atmosphere; it also helps you save a lot of money in the long run. So now is the time to make your home energy efficient.