Have you thought about energy conservation methods for your home? Whether you’re motivated to protect the environment – or just save on your utility bills – here are a few ways to reduce your energy consumption, starting with the easiest!
Adjust your behavior.
- Turn off lights and appliances when you are not using them.
- Turn down your heat or air conditioner at night, and when you’re not at home.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes, and think about hang-drying or washing dishes by hand.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- When raising or lowering the temperature, do so slowly.
- Use a microwave or toaster oven instead of a conventional oven, when possible.
- Clean the dryer lint filter regularly.
- Use less hot water, or turn the thermostat on your water heater down.
- Turn off the water heater when you’re going away for a few days.
Invest in energy conservation.
- Use smart power strips that shut off the power to electronics when they are not being used. As much as 75% of the power used by electronics is consumed when they are switched off!
- Purchase a low-flow showerhead, and insulate your water heater and pipes.
- Replace your lightbulbs with CFLs or LEDs – they can use 25-80% less electricity and last up to 25x longer than traditional bulbs.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust heating and cool when you’re asleep or out of the house.
- Weatherize your home by sealing air leaks around vents, windows, doors, and especially attics.
- Insulate your home, including the attic, walls, floors, ducts, basement, and crawl spaces.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances and water heaters.
- Install energy-efficient windows – this can save 10-25% of your heating bill! Low-e coatings can also help to reduce heat gain in the summer, as can blinds and screens.
- Purchase an energy-efficient HVAC system.
Changes don’t have to be big or expensive to make a difference.
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