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Top 10 Best Ways on How To Save Electricity, and Money, at Home
With prices going up across the board nowadays, a lot of people are finding ways to save money and stop their bank accounts from burning!.
One of these ways is saving electricity. However, unknown to many, saving electricity does not only mean lower utility bills and saving money, it also means saving energy, which in turn, helps reduce pollution and its impact on the environment.
Many homeowners believe that in order to save electricity, you have to spend a fortune to make your house energy efficient. But the fact is if each person in a household does their part to practice simple ways to save electricity, energy consumption will reduce by a significant amount. So we've made it easy for you right here. This is a list of simple electricity home savings tips that you can execute without breaking your bank.
1. Reduce phantom loads
Phantom loads refer to the energy that electronic devices or appliances consume while they are turned off. In an average home, more than half of the electricity used to power appliances and electronic devices is consumed while these devices are turned off. Phantom loads can be reduced by simply making sure that all appliances and electronic devices that are not in use are unplugged. Also, another way is by using a power strip for a number of electronic devices and just turning the strip off when these devices are not in use. Turning off unnecessary lights can also help reduce phantom loads.
2. Change your light bulbs
One of the most effective and least expensive changes that you can do at home is replacing light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs such as CFL or compact flourescent light bulbs. These bulbs will not break your wallet. Instead, these will help you save energy costs in the long run. Not only that these bulbs consume 75 percent less electricity, these last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
3. Use fans
Cool down your house by using ceiling, stationary and whole-house fans. Fans can help keep the temperature down or keep the space cool after using the air conditioning. Fans keep the cool air to continue to circulate throughout the house up to 15 minutes after the air conditioner has been turned off. These can help reduce your cooling costs by more than 7 percent.
4. Make sure your house is well-insulated
Insulation plays a vital role in energy consumption. If the house is not properly insulated, cool or hot air will easily get out causing you to wait a longer time for a space to heat up or cool down. This will increase energy consumption. Check the insulation levels in your house from the attic to sidewalls, to floors and doors. If needed, add more insulation. There is no need to use the same type of insulation. It is fine to use blankets or batts over the existing insulation. If you are using a loose-fill type of insulation, make sure to distribute them evenly to increase the insulating value. For an unheated basement, use blanket insulation on exposed floor joists.
5. Use less water
Using less water will not only reduce your water bill, it will also help you reduce electricity consumption. This is especially true if you are using an electric water heater. Water heating is HIGH on the list when it comes to energy consumption at home. Cut down water use by taking shorter showers, and being mindful about water usage when washing dishes and clothes. Another electricity home savings tip is turning down the temperature for water heater. A small investment in water efficient technology can go a long way as well.
6. Seal air leaks
Sealing air leaks is as important as making sure that your house is properly insulated. Check and seal any small gaps and cracks where air leaks in and out of the house. When sealing a house, start with the windows and doors. You can use plastic film, weatherstrips and caulk to seal your doors and windows.
Also check the exterior of your house for air leaks like the openings around the air conditioner hoses, gas pipes, dryer vents and water spigots. Use expanding foam or cualk to seal these open spaces. Sealing leaks at home could potentially help the homeowners save more than 10 percent on their electricity costs.
7. Regular maintenance for your heater and air conditioner
Regular maintenance and inspection on your heating and cooling system is also vital for energy saving. These make sure that your system works properly and efficiently. Change or clean the filters regularly. Leaving them dusty and dirty could clog important parts of the system and makes your system run harder and over time, break down. Clean the vents and registers regularly to keep the air flowing. Use inexpensive plastic deflectors to direct air under furnitures.
8. Install a programmable thermostat
This type of thermostat will automatically adjust your home’s temperature according to your preferred time or schedule. It makes sure that your temperature is comfortable for you whenever you need it to be. Setting back the temperature by 10 degrees every night will lower your utility bills by 10 percent.
Your energy savings for the year is worth more than the cost of your programmable thermostat.
9. Use energy-efficient appliances
If you are on a lookout for new appliances or electronic devices, make sure to get the ones with the Energy Star labels.
Appliances with this label consume less energy compare to their conventional counterparts. They may cost a liitle more but in the long run, your utility savings are worth the investment.
Think long-term savings, A LOT of long term savings...
10. Plant trees and shrubs
Planting trees and shrubs around the house can help lower your utility costs. They provide shade to your house and reduce your house’s exposure to the sun. A well-placed shade tree near your house can help reduce your cooling costs by about 25 percent.
Place leafy shade trees to the west and south sides of your house and evergreens to the north side of your house. Place bushes and shrubs around the house to improve insulation during summer and winter. There are many government agencies, local and federal, that give away free trees and shrubs for this purpose! It's up to you to take these practices into your own hands.
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