How to Reduce Energy Consumption
Have you ever gotten your energy bill, and you’ve been shocked at how much it cost? This is a common occurrence, and this might be a sign that you need to change your energy consumption habits.
Turn Lights Off
The first tip that we have is to make sure all your lights are turned off when you’re not using them. This may seem like a small change, but we assure you it can make a huge impact when you do it consistently.
Another trick that a lot of people know but don’t often remember to do is unplugging things when they are not being used. This can be anything from a phone charger to a toaster. This is another small change that can make a big difference in your energy bill. Also, make sure you are powering down electronics when you are done using them such as your TV or desktop computer.
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
Using LED lighting is another great way to become more energy efficient. Switching to LED light bulbs can save you 75% less on energy consumption. They are also proven to last 25 times longer than the average light bulb.
Put Lighting on a Timer
Outdoor lighting can get expensive. Especially when you are paying to have it on all throughout the night. If you have outdoor lights that come on at a certain time, try setting them to turn off at a certain time as well. This will help you make sure you are saving money on electricity.
Use Energy Efficient Appliances
Installing energy efficient appliances is another way to save you some extra cash. When searching for appliances, look for those with the energy star label. Appliances with these labels use 25% less energy than other appliances as well as 45% less water.
If you are looking to take it even a step further than getting an energy star washing machine, you can air dry your laundry whenever possible. If you have some extra hangers, try hanging your clothing. This is not something you have to do all the time, but may be something you do for certain pieces.
Use Cold Water
Use cold water whenever you are able to. The cost to heat hot water is more expensive, so this can save you money. If you have to use hot water, make sure you are maximizing your usage. For example, make sure you are doing a full load of laundry, especially if you have to use hot water. When washing dishes, try to avoid using the dishwasher and instead wash dishes by hand when possible.
Use Ceiling Fans
When you use a ceiling fan, you are using significantly less energy than if you were to use the AC. Using solely your thermostat can be a major cause of high energy bills. By just putting your thermostat one degree higher, you can eliminate about 10% of your energy use.
Open Appliances Only When Needed
When opening appliances such as the oven and refrigerator, make sure you are only opening them when you need to. Opening them results in the appliance having to work overboard to make up for that lost energy.