Energy Saving Tips
Making simple changes in how you utilize energy in your household will not only help you save money by lowering your bills, you will also get to do your part in helping the environment. Check out these energy saving tips and start making these changes today.
Most electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when they're turned off. Make it a habit to unplug electronics and appliances when they are not in use, not just when you're leaving the house.
Use Power Strips
It's easy to forget to turn off electronics when leaving the house, never mind unplug them. Plug similar appliances and chargers into a power strip so you can shut off several devices at once.
Use LED Light Bulbs
This is not a drill! Incandescent bulbs really are a thing of the past. And yes LED light bulbs really are energy-efficient. They use about just a quarter of the energy consumed by incandescent ones, plus, they last 25 times longer.
Don't Stock Up the Fridge
Your refrigerator and freezer operate most efficiently when not crammed with food items. Leaving room inside the refrigerator as well as leaving enough clearance behind it allows air to circulate freely.
Air Dry Dishes
Remember that any appliance that emits heat uses up more electricity. Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Just open the door after the rinse cycle and let mother nature do the rest. If you run your dishes in the evening, you can wake up to dry dishes without a single kilowatt being used.
Turn Off the Water Heater
Turn off your water heater if you plan on leaving home for a few days. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
Add Insulation in your Attic
Now that our energy codes requires different R-values for insulation, it would be advisable to do your research on the best insulation material should be used for different parts of your home.
If your home is 20 years or older, upgrading your windows may be something that you would want to consider. Consider selecting gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to reduce heat loss to significantly save on energy cost.
Replace Old Appliances
Older appliances are often less energy efficient. Your best bet is to replace them with Energy Star appliances or inverter-type ones.
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