Earlier we talked about ways to keep temperature controlled air inside your home. This keeps your air conditioning unit or furnace from having to work too hard. Heating and cooling costs typically account for around 50 percent of a home’s energy use. Now that you are saving on the 50 percent from heating and cooling, you need to start saving on the other 50 percent too!
Appliances and Devices
Odds are, your home is full of electronic toys and appliances. The average American family owns two or more televisions and two or more computers. Even when a TV or computer is turned off, or left in standby mode, it still draws several watts of power. You can save on energy by plugging multiple devices into one single power strip. When you are not using the devices, turn the power strip off. You will start cashing in on the savings almost immediately.
The Cost of Keeping it Clean
It costs a lot of money to keep things clean. The dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer are three of the largest energy hogging appliances in your home. Using them efficiently is a great way to save energy. Only run these devices when you have full loads. If you live in a dry or arid climate, you can opt to air dry your clothing. If you are buying new appliances, look for those with the ENERGY STAR label, as they meet the strict efficiency guidelines what have been set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Take Warm Showers
You heard us right. Take warm showers, not scalding hot showers. Most hot waters heaters are set to keep water at 140 degrees. You can turn the temperature of your hot water heater down to 120. The water will still be very warm, and you will saving massive amounts of energy.
Ready to see your energy bull shrink? Just take a few minutes to put these easy tips into action, and you too can start seeing savings.