Top tips for energy saving around the house
Energy saving – not just for the environment
Now more than ever it’s important to do what you can to conserve energy. It’s great for our environment and great on your wallet. Energy prices have been gradually increasing, and the demand for energy in our ever more connected homes is also on the rise.
Almost half of the energy consumption in our homes is attributed to heating and cooling. And the remainder split between the various electronic devices we use in our homes. Efficient and well-maintained equipment ensures there is no waste or excessive energy consumption. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep your equipment maintained. It will cost less in the long run.
Every home has different needs and equipment, so only you will know what works for you and where you can reduce your consumption. Here is a list of some areas to get you started and on your way to a more efficient home.
Top tips for energy saving at home
- Install a programmable thermostat – This can pay for itself within a few months. Having heating or cooling on for prolonged periods makes for an uncomfortable home environment and is costly. Hire a licensed electrician for support in this.
- Use shades or blinds – In the summer when the sun is shining on one side of the house, close the blinds or shades to keep out the heat. And in the winter, you’ll want to do the opposite.
- Turn off unused appliances – Manually unplugging unused appliances or using a timed plug can do the trick automatically for you.
- Upgrade your light bulbs – More efficient LED lights which last much longer than fluorescent bulbs are now available for all types of fittings. Not only do they consume less energy, but they also last more than 10 times longer.
- Energy star – If you are upgrading any of your appliances. Always look out for the Energy star rating on an appliance. This can save you hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the appliance.
- Low flow faucets and shower heads – Helping reduce the water flow by intelligently dispersing or spraying the water flow using these low flow attachments is a great way to save water.
- Regularly change filter – On air-conditioning units as well as furnace filters. A dirty filter will make for a less efficient system.
- Water heater – Ensure the insulation on your system is still working as designed to retain the heat effectively. A local plumber can do a more thorough inspection if there are other major issues. Also reducing the set temperature to 120F is adequate, more than that is probably overkill.
- Overall insulation – Checking insulation around the home including in the attic, walls, ceilings and floors. A handyman can lend a hand if the work requires a bit more than DIY.
Make it a mindset
This is a non-exhaustive list, and its meant to get you thinking on ways to improve energy efficiency at home. Reducing your energy bills, and your impact on the environment. And if you are thinking of selling or renting your house, these measures will certainly help make your property stand-out for a potential buyer or renter.
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