There are a lot of reasons why conserving energy is a good idea. Firstly, a lot of our electricity comes from non-renewable resources. Thus, the less energy we consume, the less we will disrupt the environment we’re all a part of. Secondly, the less energy we consume, the less we have to rely and be dependent on external parties as energy providers. Thirdly, conserving energy makes sense financially. Being more efficient with energy usage doesn’t take up a lot of effort, but it can save you a lot of money. Thus, if you can avoid spending a lot on utility bills, then why shouldn’t you? Here are some doable, effective ways to save energy in your home.
One of the easy ways to save energy is to switch from using electricity from the grid to generating and using electricity from solar power. This strategy implies an upfront investment for a solar power system, but the investment can be recovered several times over the life of the system. Not only that, but the combination of a solar power system and the right conditions can make you completely self-sufficient energy-wise. This has the equivalent financial and environmental effect of diminishing the demand for grid energy by the consumption of an entire household over several decades. Talk about reducing your carbon footprint!
However, a large investment isn’t always necessary to cut down on energy consumption. Many of the best ways to save energy are easy to do and cost little to nothing. Some of them have to with how and when you use the appliances you already have. For example, one cost-free way to save energy is to switch off and unplug all electronic devices in your home while they are not being used, excluding the refrigerator and the oven. Thus, when you are working at your desk, ideally you should have only the desk light on (as opposed to using multiple wall lights), have your kitchen appliances like electric kettle and toaster unplugged and have your entertainment-related devices switched off and unplugged. Also, you should use LED bulbs, which are very energy-efficient and affordable, for all your lighting fixtures.
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In addition, if your aim isn’t just to save energy but also to save on energy bills, you should try to use high-energy-consuming appliances during off-peak hours, when the cost of electricity is lower than the regular rate. This primarily includes the water heater, washing machine and dishwasher. Regarding the dishwasher, you should disable the dish drying function on the dishwasher cycle – it costs a lot of energy to dry the dishes artificially albeit quickly, when they could air dry on their own just as well. Same goes for the laundry – a dryer isn’t really necessary when a foldable drying rack does the same thing practically for free (and it won’t shrink any of your clothes either).
Other low-cost, easy ways to save energy have to with small adjustments and replacements around the house. One such adjustment is to properly seal all windows, doors and other air leaks. This can be easily achieved with some caulk – and a tube will cost you only a couple of dollars. This adjustment is really worth making because it will make it easier and cheaper to maintain the desired temperature in your home and thus it will save you a lot of money over time. Speaking of temperature, getting a programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to save energy used for heating or cooling your house. Especially if you live in colder climates, a programmable thermostat can ensure that you don’t waste energy warming up your house during the whole day but you still have it warm for you when you come home from work.
Try them and you’ll see – all these ways to save energy are really easy to do and the savings do add up. The best way to see how much you’re saving is to compare the utilities bill after you have implemented these for a month with the utilities bill for the same month last year. Since the seasonal conditions and patterns are mostly the same, this should give you a realistic assessment of how much all of these ways to save energy are reducing your energy consumption.