There are plenty of tips and advice on how to save energy that ranges from simple things like turning off the lights, to major investments like installing solar panels. But don’t worry; you don’t have to invest in a solar farm. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference. Here are some simple ways you can make your Hayden home more energy-efficient.
Use energy-efficient light bulbs
About 95% of energy from incandescent lights comes off as heat, not light. Instead of using these inefficient bulbs, swap them out for more energy-efficient bulbs like CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and LED bulbs. These types of bulbs do cost a bit more than traditional light bulbs, but they also use less energy and last up to 12 times longer, which can save you money over the long run.
Lower the thermostat
Reducing the temperature in your home by just three to five degrees can reduce your energy usage and monthly bill. Ideally, you should set the thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer and 68 degrees during the winter. Consider turning your thermostat up or down by 8 degrees while you’re away to increase savings. A smart or programmable thermostat can make this easy by creating a heating and cooling plan based on your schedule.
Adjust how you use energy
If possible, use energy-efficient appliances when possible. These newer technologies take full advantage of technological advances to improve their energy usage. Aside from that, you can still reduce energy consumption by adjusting a few everyday habits like:
- Use drapes or curtains to your advantage: drop them during the warmer months to keep your home cool and open them during the winter months to let warm sunlight in.
- Do full loads of laundry and dishes outside of peak hours (typically between 4-6pm)
- Wash laundry in cold water
- Use the air-dry setting instead of heated dry on your dishwasher
Turn off and unplug electronics
Don’t leave electronics on all day long. Get in the habit of turning off lights or electronics when not in use. You can go a step forward by unplugging appliances in between uses. Why? Anything that’s plugged in still consumes energy, albeit at a lower rate.
These small changes will add up to huge energy savings at the end of the year. Not only will your wallet benefit, but it’ll also help the environment.
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