When it comes to saving energy in the home, it does require you to take some real action.
There is a difference between making sure to recycle and being conscientious of how much water you are using on an average day.
While some of the things you can do may require the adoption of, for lack of better word, new habits, they are things that will pay off for you in the long run and you’ll be making the world a much better place.
We’ll go room by room in a typical house and look at some useful tips that will help show you, how you can make a difference on the amount of energy used.
The house framework and insulation
The very structure that keeps everything out of your house will be the thing to keep the heat and cool air in as well.
Be sure that the insulation in your walls is up to par; if it is too thin or of poor quality, the air temperature you are trying to maintain is going to cost you dearly.
This also applies to the windows; double-paned windows with glazing can save a considerable amount of money on an annual basis.
Also be sure to apply proper caulking if leaks are present. Small things like letterbox flaps on the front door should be insulated as well—they may be small but still allow air to escape.
The small aspects will save small amounts of money on an annual basis, however it will add up in the long run.
Making tweaks to your bathroom will save you money in the end. Installing a showerhead that has a lower flow and pressure will save you 2.5 gallons per minute, while a low flush toilet will save you 17 gallons per day!
By insulating your hot water pipes you not only will get warm water faster, but it will actually save you money too.
Finally, and this is on you, be sure to turn the water tap off when you are brushing your teeth or washing your face—you don’t need the water running when you’re not using it.
The living room (and bedrooms)
One of the easiest and truly energy efficient things you can do is purchasing LED lights for your living room, and really every room in your home.
They use far less energy and last for a substantial amount of time longer than traditional bulbs. Remembering to turn off your electronics (at the plug, or unplugging them completely) is going to save you money.
That one can be hard to remember, especially if in a hurry. Along with this, be sure you don’t leave your phone charging all night, it doesn’t need to be on there for 6-8 hours anyway.
This can be a more expensive (but worth it) upgrade in your home. By replacing what you currently have with an energy efficient fridge and oven, you will use exponentially less energy and save a tone on your bill.
You may be surprised by this, but actually using your dishwasher will use less water than doing it by hand—so load them up! Finally, defrost your freezer regularly, this will help it run more efficiently and will save you money.
Being more conscious about how, when, and to what extent you are burning through energy clearly can be a bit of a task, but it is one you should absolutely undertake.
Hopefully this basic guide on how you can save energy in your home will help you make some changes. Your wallet and the planet will thank you for that.
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