Is your energy bill too high? Have you recently decided to switch to an energy conservative lifestyle? Whatever your case is, you’re here to save energy.
Going green at home is a great way to help do your part to save and protect our environment. By learning how to save energy at home you can also save some money. Despite your reasons, here are our tips for saving energy at home.
Switch to Natural Light
Switching to natural light as opposed to electrical-sourced light is a sure way to start saving energy. All you have to do is just open your blinds and let the sun come streaming in. Positives to this are quite clear: you save energy and you save money off of your electric bill.
The only real downside to switching to natural light is you’re bound to the restraints of time. Once the sun goes down, it’ll be tough to see and do anything. While it’s completely possible to do so, finishing your day around eight o’clock at night is very unlikely and that doesn’t even acknowledge daylight savings.
A more realistic and efficient option than natural light would be to simply switch out all of your current ones with LED light bulbs. These lights take a lesser amount of energy to work than a regular lightbulb. While it won’t completely shave down your electric bill, LED bulbs will still save you some money.
The one thing to look out for with LED bulbs is that the light can be bright and harsh. The light will be more white as opposed to the typical warm light from a standard light bulb. This, however, is an easy aspect to overlook.
The next and arguably the best way to save energy when it comes to lighting is to invest in some solar panels. Solar panels are one of the best ways to save energy and they’re great for the environment.
The common turn-off people have with solar panels is the cost. Too many, it seems like a high investment with very little payoff or reward. The reality of the solar panel situation is that the payoff is there, it’s just far away; you likely won’t see the payoff for quite some time, but you will save money and energy.
If you’re looking to get some solar panels and just don’t know where to start, try looking into some nearby solar services. Any questions or concerns you have can be answered swiftly by them. Then, you’ll be on your way to being powered by the sun.
Turn It Off
We use a lot of energy without even noticing it. A lot of this comes from miscellaneous items and appliances that are still consuming energy even when you’re not using them. For comparison, it’s like when you don’t close out an app on your phone, it can still run in the background and use your data.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix to this: turn them off. Any appliance or item that you’re not using that uses energy should be turned off. Everything from printers, computer monitors, and lights and should be turned off when not in use.
We’re going to talk about cold water in two different ways here. The first is concerning your washer.
When doing laundry, try to opt for washing your clothes in cold water as much as possible. Obviously, there are some situations in which you wouldn’t want to use cold water, but if you can, do it. About 75% of the energy that a washer uses is directed toward heating up the water, so using cold water will save some energy and money all while keeping your clothes nice and clean.
The next way we’ll talk about cold water concerns showering. Similar to the washer, when you shower, most of the energy used comes from heating up the water. So if you opt for cold showers, then you’ll be saving a lot of energy.
Another great way to keep down energy usage is to make sure your house is in good shape. You want to make sure you’ve got all cracks sealed up, new filters coming in regularly, and even making sure you’re windows are at least double-paned. How exactly does that help save energy?
To start, if your home has any sort of cracks or gaps, then the inside air can leave your house. This means that if it’s wintertime and you’ve got the heat on, that heat is leaking through those cracks, forcing your heating system to use more energy as a way to keep the heat consistent. So, do your best to find them all and seal them up.
Now, with the windows, make sure they’re all at least double-paned. Single-paned windows don’t do as good a job at preventing energy from leaving your house. The double-panes give you another barrier for them to pass through.
Finally, any and all filters should be regularly cleaned or replaced. If they get too backed up or dirty, it’s going to be harder for whatever system they’re apart of to do its job, causing your energy usage to go up.
How to Save Energy at Home
It’s really not that bad actually. Many may stray from living energy-efficient because they don’t really know what to do. Knowing how to go green and how to save energy at home is an essential step to the process and now you know!
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