More and more people are on the lookout for ways to conserve energy in their homes. Cutting down energy consumption is a great way to cut down utility costs as well as to do your part to assist global energy conservation. However, not all home energy conservation methods are economical or practical for every home. Below are a few of the best home energy conservation options for you to choose as per your needs and financial ability.
Be careful with the lights
This is one of the simplest methods of conserving energy in your home as well as your workplace. Start by only using natural light during the daytime by opening shades and curtains and resorting to electrical lights only when it’s absolutely necessary. You can always choose lamps to cast light directly where it is needed for activities such as writing and reading at night.
Choose the right appliances
Nowadays, low-energy consuming and environmentally friendly appliances are readily available. Televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines that tend to get used very often come in energy conserving models that are just as friendly to your budget. The next time you are shopping or a new appliance, look for the “Energy Star” sticker.
Change your light bulbs
Traditional light bulbs consume a lot of energy and may end up significantly raising your monthly bill. Instead, opt for LED bulbs for low energy consumption and a lower electricity bill.
Maintain your home with care
A large chunk of your energy bill is made up of cooling and heating. If your home is not insulated properly, these costs will be higher. Be sure to check your home for broken windows, furnace filter damage and any cracks and weak spots. Any places where air can escape will cause your heating or cooling systems to work harder by consuming more energy.
Use heating and cooling only when necessary
Whether you live in a cool climate or a warm one, every single day is not going to be equally hot or cold. This means that you will need to pay attention to the weather and to decide whether to turn on heat or the air conditioner. Whenever possible, try and work with natural ventilation.
Limit your water consumption
Little things such as turning off the tap when you are brushing your teeth can make a considerable difference. As for long showers, they too tend to be expensive in the long run. Invest in an alarm to time your showers to save money and time. In addition, it is very important to regularly check for leaks as a few drops can add up at the end of the month.
Maintain your car & reduce how much you drive
If the weather is great and you only have a short distance to go, taking out your bicycle or simply walking can help conserve energy while also providing exercise. When it comes to your vehicle, always check that the tires are properly inflated and get your oil changed as per the manufacturer’s specifications so that it runs efficiently.