There’s a high probability that you are going to break one of your New Year’s resolutions an hour after the celebratory confetti has been vacuumed. One popular New Year’s resolution is to save more and spend less. Did you know that a happy owner is one whose house is energy efficient? Alright, we made that up, but would you be up for saving around $500 a year by simply doing some chores on your own rather than relying on the machines?
We are not saying that the machines are evil and the main culprit behind the large energy consumption, but their excessive use definitely is!
Let’s start with a few basics.
Air Dry the Dishes
After washing dishes, the easy thing would be to place all the crockery in it and let the automatic dryer do the work. We suggest air drying the dishes. De-select the heat-dry setting and you will be able reduce 15% of the energy consumption. This setting saves you $27 per year.
Lower the Thermostat Setting and Take Shorter Showers
We understand that you like your water hot in winters, but by lowering the water heater thermostat to 120°F, you can save up to $30 every year. In fact, for every 10°F reduced on the thermostat, you will save $1 on the entire year’s energy bill.
Wash clothes in Cold Water
In order to save $18 to $63 per year, you need to do two things when it comes to doing the laundry:
- Wash clothes in cold water (not using the hot water tap will automatically reduce consumption of hot water and increase on the thermostat)
- Try doing a full load every week rather than washing several smaller loads through the week
Install LED Bulbs
Energy Star-qualified bulbs (CLFs) only use 20% to 25% of the energy compared to the traditional incandescent bulbs. Make a habit of turning off the lights as soon as you exit the room and, when at home, stay in one room.
Install a SMART AC Thermostat
You can reduce your energy bill by 15% by installing a programmable thermostat. For the hours you are not at home, you can dial back the temperature by 10° to 15°. If you are looking for an energy-proof plan, then you can skip the use of AC and install a ceiling fan instead.
Unplug Unused Electronics
Every time you leave a device plugged in the socket, an accumulative 10% of energy is used. By unplugging the devices and turning of the power of the main socket, you can save up to $50 per year. So, try to unplug your mobile’s charger as soon as you are done charging.
A Few Other Energy Saving Tips
- Insulate heating ducts
- Install low-flow (2.5gpm) showerheads
- Seal air leaks
- Don’t block radiators
- Warp or Wrap? insulating blanket around the older water heaters
- Use microwave for warming leftovers
- Turn off water while tooth brushing and shaving
- Use natural light by opening the curtains in the morning and keeping the light bulbs switched off
- Fix any leaks such as water dripping from the kitchen faucet
There are dozens more where this came for. Saving energy is quite easy, if only you can bring about a little change in your habits.