Saving energy at home is an important way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on bills. By making some simple changes, you can reduce your energy usage and lower your monthly costs.
Use CFL or LED lighting options.
With up to 75% less energy used compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, they’re an eco-friendly choice. They also last much longer than regular bulbs – in some cases more than 10 years. Plus, they come in a range of styles so you can find the perfect light for any room in your home.
Unplug electronics when not in use.
Electronics and appliances consume electricity simply by being plugged in. According to the US Energy Department, electronics consume 25% of their total energy consumption while being turned off (but plugged in). So, unplug your chargers when your devices are charged!
Install a programmable thermostat.
Not only does it help conserve energy by automatically setting temperature set points to accommodate your daily schedule, but it also keeps an eye on the outdoor temperatures to ensure you don’t get too comfortable and waste money on unnecessary heating or cooling.
Check your appliances.
It may seem small, but even something as simple as making sure your refrigerator’s seals are tight and defrosting the freezer regularly can make a difference. Consider replacing older appliances with Energy Star-rated ones that are more efficient.
Insulate your home.
Easily one of the smartest improvements you make, adding proper insulation, can stop air from seeping in and out. Check windows and doors for drafty areas, sealing them if necessary. Even adding insulated thermal curtains to your windows will make a difference!
Install a water heater that uses less water and is more efficient.
Installing a water heater that uses less water is a great way to save money and reduce waste. Several types of tankless models use up to 40% less power than traditional models. If a new system is out of reach, consider turning the temperature down to 140°F (60°C). Having it set to its highest temperature isn’t necessary for most homes.
Keep your home well-maintained.
Finally, keep up with regular maintenance tasks like cleaning vents, vacuuming behind the fridge, and replacing air filters. Proper maintenance will help ensure everything is running efficiently and correctly for years to come!
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