Easy Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption
Whenever you save energy, you can save money while reducing your environmental impact. Conserving energy doesn’t require many heavy sacrifices around the house and there are many energy efficient materials and strategies for almost every room in your house.
Below are some practical home energy saving tips that help can you create a more energy efficient house.
How Energy Efficient Is Your Home?
Energy efficiency revolves around finding the weak spots in your house that lead to drafts and stuffy rooms. High energy bills can sometimes be traced directly to inefficient windows, heating and cooling equipment, and insulation.
Lower Your Thermostat
Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical home, making it the largest energy expense, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The location of your home’s thermostat can also affect its performance and efficiency. Read the manufacturer’s installation instructions to prevent “ghost readings” or unnecessary furnace or air conditioner cycling. Place thermostats away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows.
Ways to Save Electricity, Natural Gas & Water at Home
- Unplug appliances in each room when you leave, such as your cell phone charger and your stereo. Even though they aren’t on or you aren’t using them, they are still sucking up energy!
- Turn off the TV when you aren’t watching it.
- Make sure there is no cold air coming in through your closed window during the winter. If there is, try to fix it. Not only will you be warmer, but you can save money by not letting the heat escape.
- Open shades in the winter and close shades in the summer and turn off the lights during the daytime.
- Remember to turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Don’t leave the doors open to the outside for too long, and try to keep air conditioning/heat contained in the house to conserve on the amount of energy you have to use.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
- When doing the dishes, wash all the dishes first, then rinse.
Why ENERGY STAR® Rated Products Are Good
Products in more than 60 categories are eligible for an ENERGY STAR rating. They are known to use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.