Making a few small changes to your house can really cut your energy costs. If you save money and cut energy usage, you’re saving your bank account and the Earth! Here are some ways you can make your home more energy-efficient.
Low-flow water fixtures
Switching your toilets, showerheads, and faucets to low-flow models will greatly reduce your energy usage and your bills. Toilets usually use the most water, which means they also waste a lot of water. Switching your toilets to dual-flush or low-flush can save as much as 5.4 gallons per flush.
Improve your windows. Updating your windows to a double film will make your windows more efficient. Inefficient windows are a large source of energy loss that can really hike up your energy bills. Depending on the climate where you live, you can either install windows that will trap the heat in and act as an insulator, or windows that block the sun and keep your home cool.
One way to reduce your monthly electricity bill is switching your energy usage to off-peak times since electricity is much more expensive during peak hours. Deciding to run your dishwasher or do your laundry after 7 pm on a weekday or waiting until the weekend can really save you in the long run. You should also look for Energy Star labels when you are upgrading your appliances in order to maximize efficiency.
Heating and cooling
Automating the thermostat to turn down at night and during the day when you are gone will reduce heating costs. Programmable thermostats are becoming increasingly popular and many utilities offer credits when you purchase one. Turning down the air conditioning while you’re out will also reduce your costs. On days that aren’t as warm, you can opt for a fan during peak hours instead of running your AC unit on full blast.
LED and CFL bulbs will last longer and use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. According to Energy.gov, these bulbs use up to 80% less energy than incandescents. A great LED bulb is the Philips Hue. You can customize these lights with an array of colours and dimming options. The starter kit comes with a wireless bridge that lets you control the bulbs from your smart phone.
The biggest thing you can do to curb your consumption is to be aware of it. As we all become more energy cautious, many apps have been created to help you monitor your energy usage. Water Use Calculator lets you easily calculate how much water you and your appliances are using. Green Outlet helps to estimate your monthly electricity bill as well as identify what each appliance is costing you. You can also check out these other great apps to track your carbon footprint.
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