Saving from energy efficiency helps conserve and protect the environment and reduces your energy bills immensely. You don’t have to take drastic measures to save energy either; instead, you can make simple household changes.
How can we save energy in our daily life? Well, you can take a look at our list of free energy-saving tips below to start reducing your energy consumption and stop paying so much every month in energy bills.
Swap Your Light Bulbs for LED
Changing out your standard light bulbs is one of many easy ways to reduce energy consumption at home. More specifically, you should change them to Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
LED lights don’t require nearly as much energy as a standard incandescent light bulb. They also have a longer lifespan than most light bulbs which means you won’t have to replace your bulbs frequently.
Or Use Natural Light When Possible
To take your energy efficiency even further, use natural light as much as possible to avoid turning on and wasting energy with your overhead lights. For example, next time you’re in a room, open your blinds instead of powering on all of the lights, especially if you don’t plan on staying in the room for long.
Close Up Your House In the Summer
No, closing up the house doesn’t mean shutting yourself in for the summer; it means keeping doors, windows, and blinds closed to keep your home cool. In the summer, or warmer months, it’s hard to resist the urge to open up your windows to let in the warm breeze and sunshine, but you should if you want to conserve energy.
When you open up your home to the outside, even just for half an hour or so, you create more work for your air conditioner. The AC will need to use more energy to chill the household. Inviting in the warmth will also make you more tempted to turn your AC down lower, using more power.
Open Your House in the Winter
Just as you would keep your blinds closed in the summer to keep the heat from outside at bay, you should open your shades in the winter to let the sunshine in. It’s a small factor that will help heat your home while saving energy. Otherwise, you will want to turn on your heater. Keeping your blinds or shades open will help naturally heat your home and save energy.
Don’t Keep the Refrigerator Open.
Sometimes it’s convenient to stand in front of the fridge, sizing up the contents and taking your time to pick out a snack, but every second you spend loitering, you waste energy. The longer the door sits open, the more cool air escapes and warm–relative to the fridge’s temperature–from the room enters.
This transfer of cold to warm air will make your fridge use energy to get back to its set temperature. The longer you wait to close the door, the more power the fridge will use. Instead, keep the fridge closed-up for as long as possible, meaning no more loitering in front. Know what you want going in to save energy and time.
Switch to Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is a popular and highly-effective way to increase your home’s energy efficiency. You can make this switch to install solar panels in your home to fuel your appliances. Solar panels harness energy from natural, renewable resources such as sunlight.
Even when not in use, solar panels store up energy in excess for use in place of the standard electricity fueling your utilities. They also combat greenhouse gas emissions which benefits not only your energy bills but the environment too.
Plug-in to Power Strips
Instead of keeping your electronics plugged directly into a wall outlet all of the time, plug your devices into a power strip. Power strips give you the option to turn your devices on and off so you won’t have to unplug your electronics and you won’t waste energy.
You also get more use out of a single outlet because a powerstrip allows multiple devices to plug-in, and it protects them from power surges.
Buy ENERGY STAR Appliances
Whether you buy new or want to replace an existing appliance, invest in a system that has ENERGY STAR certification. These appliances, especially dishwashers and washer machines, don’t use as much water and energy as other appliances.
In the long term, these appliances not only reduce your energy consumption but can save you money on your energy bills.
Hire Professionals for Regular Appliance Maintenance
Your appliances need regular maintenance whether you think they do or not. To keep them up to date and healthy so that they can save you energy, hire professionals to take care of them routinely, such as changing out air filters and checking your water heater.
In doing so, you will ensure they run as energy efficiently as possible. Appliances without routine maintenance may lack in some way that causes unnecessary energy use and waste. Use these simple energy-saving tips to reduce your utility bills.