How to Save Energy and Reduce Your Energy Expenses
There Are Many Opportunities to Save Energy
In today’s world, we cannot imagine our life without sources of energy like electricity and gas. They are necessities of life. Unfortunately cost of energy has increased over the years. According to many experts, the upward trend in energy prices will continue.
Fortunately much energy can be saved by implementing the below mentioned tips.
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Saving Energy at Home
Use CFL and LED Bulbs
It is advisable to use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last between six and 12 times longer than the traditional light bulbs. Turn off the lights when they are not required. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
LED Lights Save Energy
You may consider using LED lights in living room, kitchen, bathroom, etc. You can also use them for decorations during the festival season. They use around 90 percent less energy than the standard decoration lights. Replace exterior security lights with motion-sensing lights that turn on when they are needed and turn off when they are not.
The environment-friendly lights in the kit are dimmable. You can use the remote to dim the light, to change color, to control motion, etc.
Set your water heater to a lower setting. To decrease the amount of dishes to wash, label the bottom of cups, plates and mugs with names of family members. Reduce the amount of towels to wash by labeling towels or hooks. Choose cold or warm cycles over hot cycles. Heating the water for laundry consumes 90 percent of the energy of the laundry process.
Heating During Winter
It is a good idea to use solar power to heat water. Today you can buy solar power systems to heat water, provide electricity and even offload your home heating system.
Wind Electric System
Consider installing small wind electric system. It can provide additional electricity to you home. It can also power your sailboat battery.
Find Opportunities to Save Energy
During winters it is important to keep yourself and your loved ones warm. The entire home has to be warm and comfortable. Energy bills tend to increase during winter months.
Use exhaust fans in the bathrooms and the kitchen only when necessary. Fix water leaks in the kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms and other locations. It is a good idea to use power strips to plug in TV, portable heaters, cell phone charges and other devices. By doing so you can turn off the power switch when the devices are not in use. It is advisable to unplug appliances when not in use. Around 75 percent of the energy used by electronics is consumed when they are “off.”
Do Not Leave Electronic Devices in Stand-By Mode
Avoid leaving TVs and DVDs in stand by mode. These appliances use several watts of power in stand by mode. Before purchasing a new electrical or electronic appliance, check for energy efficiency mark. Replace worn or missing door sweeps on all exterior doors to reduce unwanted heat transfer.
Install Tankless Water Heater
Install a tankless water heater. By doing so you will not only save energy but also increase hot water availability. Caulk and weatherstrip all exterior windows and doors.
If you reside in a house with water-heated radiators, put foil-faced insulation board between the radiators and the outside walls, with the foil side facing the room.
Use Insulating Blanket
Wrap the water heater in an R 5.0 insulating blanket. By doing so, you will be saving around $40 annually in energy costs.
Avoid Water Beds
Avoid water beds. They use a lot of energy to heat during the winter months. If you have a water bed, insulate around it and cover it with blankets to keep the heat in.
Test windows and doors to see if they need new weather-stripping by moving a lighted candle around the perimeter of the window or door. If the flame flickers, you need to install new weather-stripping. You need to take care not to put the candle near curtains or blinds.
Air Dry Your Dishes
It is advisable to air dry your dishes. Avoid using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. This will result in substantial savings. In today’s stressful world, it is good to watch television. However, it is a waste of energy and money if the television is on and there is no one to watch it. This happens in many households. Next time, if you are moving away from the television, even if it is for just five to ten minutes, switch it off. This will save you money.
Turn Off Your Computer
Today almost all members of the household use computers for one purpose or another. They have made our lives lot easier. It is important to remember that they also consume electricity and running them cost you money. Use the computer, but shut them down when you are not using them. Remember to switch off the monitor too.
Music is a great way to beat stress. It is an amazing source of entertainment. Most of the households have music systems that blare music throughout the day. If your household is one such, it is time to introspect. It is good to be in silence for some time. It calms your mind and also saves you money.
Take Short Showers
It is advisable to take short showers instead of baths. Replace faucet aerators and shower heads with low-flow equivalents. They save you energy and thereby money. Wash full loads of clothes and dishes. It is a good idea to air dry clothes.
Go For Energy Star Torchiere Lamps
Buy Energy Star torchiere lamps. They are safer and more efficient than popular halogen torchiere lamps. Halogen lamps can cause fires, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
It is advisable to install a programmable thermostat for the heating system. Do not allow the warmth to escape. This can be easily achieved by keeping the doors and windows closed while the heat is on. Change the filters in your furnace every three months. Use a MERV 8 or better pleated furnace filter for optimal energy efficiency. It is a good idea to set the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cooling During Summer
Much Energy Is Wasted During Summer Months
Much energy is wasted during summer months. If you live in a climate where days are hot and nights are cool, switch off the AC at night. You may consider opening your windows during the night hours, by taking appropriate measures to protect the home from insects and burglars.
Prevent Heat Gain Through the Windows
Shut the windows and blinds in the morning as soon as you wake up. You will capture the cool air by doing so. You may consider installing window covering to prevent heat gain through your windows.
Set the Thermostat As High As Possible
Set your thermostat as high as possible, ensuring your comfort of course, during the summer months. The idea is to keep the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures as low as possible. This will result in savings.
It is a good idea to keep your home warmer than normal when you are away. Lower the thermostat setting to 78 degrees Fahrenheit only when there is someone at home. It is advisable to avoid keeping the thermostat at a colder setting than normal when your turn on your AC. It will definitely not cool your home any faster, but will definitely result in excessive energy consumption and unnecessary expense.
Avoid Keeping Lamps Near the Thermostat
Do not keep lamps near the thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat produced from the lamp which can change how often your furnace or air conditioner will run.
AC and Ceiling Fan
If you have a ceiling fan and an AC installed at your home, ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting around 4 degrees Fahrenheit without disturbing your comfort. Switch off ceiling fans before leaving the room. While taking shower, it is a good idea to use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room will also benefit from spot ventilation. It is advisable to ensure that bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside.
Get Your Cooling Equipment Serviced Regularly
Get your cooling equipment like evaporate cooler, AC and heat pump serviced regularly. Do not place television or lamps near the AC thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances thereby causing the AC to run longer than required. Vacuum registers regularly. Avoid dust build up. It is important to ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through the register.
It is advisable to avoid heating up your home during summer months with appliances and lights. On days when it is hot, avoid using the oven. You may consider cooking on a stove instead. It is a good idea to use a microwave oven or grill outside. Repair torn or worn screens. Open windows to reduce cooling costs.
Dust can restrict flow of air and stress the system. Filters can be washable or disposable. Measure the existing filter to ensure that you buy a filter that fits properly. It is advisable to keep several filters on hand as replacements during the cooling season.
Do Not Use Incandescent Lights
Install lighting equipment that does not heat up much. Avoid incandescent lights. According to experts, only around 15 percent of the power that these lights consume results in light. The rest is turned into heat.
Use sunlight as much as possible, taking care to avoid direct sunlight. Try to avoid activities that generate heat, like burning open flames, running a dishwasher, using irons and using hair dryers. It is important to note that music system and television add some heat to your home.
Have a garden. Let there be trees in the garden. One tree can produce enough summertime shade to reduce the temperature inside your home by around 10 degrees and save up to 25 percent in energy costs.
Use native plants for landscaping. Native plants need less water and create better wind blocks than most other plants. Reduce water usage by installing a water timer that turns the sprinkler off after watering is done.
Have deciduous trees outside windows on the south side of your building to provide shade during summer months and allow sunlight during winter months.
Insulate hot and cold water lines with closed cell insulation. This reduces heat loss, prevents freezing and controls damage from condensation. Avoid using clothes dryer. Hang clothes out to dry. Install two clothes lines, one inside and one outside. By doing so you can save money year-round. Seal HVAC duct joints with mastic and insulate exposed ducting to save up to 30 percent in heating and cooling costs.
Add attic insulation to enhance the efficiency of both the furnace and the air conditioner. A good standard is to reach "R30."
Avoid rash driving. Rapid acceleration and braking consumes more fuel. Maintain a steady speed. Check the tire pressure regularly. Get your vehicle serviced periodically. There habit save you fuel and thereby money.
Avoid idling. It is not a good idea to keep heavy items in your car. According to experts, an extra 100 pounds in your car increases your gas cost by up to 8 cents per gallon. Avoid keeping luggage on the root. Use the trunk instead.
By implementing the above-mentioned tips, you can keep your home comfortable to live in and also save money.
Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment - money we could save by investing in energy efficiency.— Bernie Sanders