Many people take the time to spring clean their homes, reorganizing and cleaning for a fresh start for the warmer weather. Why not go ahead and clean up your energy-heavy habits as well?
You don’t want to pay for energy you don’t really need. Electricity is a silent robber, jumping at the opportunity to take advantage of you when you’re not paying attention. Staying energy-conscious and making wise choices can reduce your costs while you maintain your comfortable lifestyle.
1. Set the thermostat
Constant temperature changes will result in more work from your heating/cooling system, raising the price of your bill in return.
Set the thermostat and then leave it be. Use ceiling or portable fans to regulate small temperature changes throughout the day.
2. Regulate your dishwasher
If you have a dishwasher, loading the machine in a space-conscious manner and running it when it’s full will save you time and water.
Using the right amount of detergent at the lowest cycle that will completely clean your dishes will maximize the cycle and reduce the need for running a second cycle. Rinsing off large food particles beforehand will also make it easier for the machine to clean the dishes.
3. Conserve hot water
Reducing your hot water use is one of the best ways to conserve energy and lower water heating costs.
Using a stopper in the sink when hand-washing dishes or shaving will save gallons of hot water.
Installing a flow regulator in the shower and repairing damaged faucets will save water, increase shower pressure, and will prevent stains and damage.
4. Control lighting
We’re not saying turn all the lights off. Just turn them on differently.
Control the brightness of bulbs by using dimmers or three-way switches. This will also allow you to create mood lighting for different settings.
Replace outdoor lights with energy-efficient bulbs. Using a photoelectric switch to turn outdoor lights on and off at specific times will also do the work for you so you don’t have to remember to turn them on and off.
Take advantage of natural light, if at all possible. Natural light livens spaces, and is a free way to heat a room.
Keeping air flowing through your house will ease the load on your air conditioning. Preventing cold air from penetrating the house will help to insulate the house during the cool months.
Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to remove heat and moisture, preventing the air conditioner from working too hard.
Open storage space vents during the summer to reduce humidity and ventilate storage areas.
The important thing is that you research! Stay informed with energy-saving tips, or ask your electricity provider what they recommend for your situation. There is always room for improvement.
Changing your energy habits is a simple way to make a big change, for your environment and for your wallet.