1) Know Your Sources of Energy
Before you can make changes to the way you consume energy at home, you must first understand where energy is being used on a daily basis. Think about the electrical devices and instruments used on a day-to-day basis, as well as, lighting, heating and cooling, appliances, and more. These will be the areas to focus on when cutting down on monthly energy consumption.
Lights are the easiest place to start, but often a difficult habit to break. It is second nature for us to walk into a room and flip a switch, while it’s not so natural to flip that switch back off when we exit said room. It doesn’t seem like lights can make a big difference in energy consumption, but it truly does. If we can just remember to turn off lights in the home when we are not using them, we can all save money and energy! Sometimes placing notes or signs near light switches and lamps can help family members get accustomed to turning off lights.
3) Electronics and Appliances
Just as we encourage to turn off lights when not in use, the same is encouraged for electronics and even some appliances. Don’t allow your Xbox to run when you aren’t playing a game, and shut off your computer when not in use. If no one is watching the television, turn that off too. The same goes for radios, coffee makers, fans, space heaters, curling irons, and anything that plugs into an outlet and turns on.
As for appliances, try not to run a washer or dryer unless you have a full load, and don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s all the way full. One of the most important parts of conserving energy and saving on monthly utility bills is to have your appliances serviced and cleaned regularly. If an appliance is old, worn down, or deteriorating, it will have to work harder to perform the same duties. This uses more energy and water. Change filters, flush tanks, and do what needs to be done to ensure your appliances are in prime condition.
Mind your water! We tend to waste a lot of water when washing our face or brushing our teeth. Many people like to let their shower run for a few minutes before stepping in, which also wastes a significant amount of water. Try to control and regulate shower times, and shut off faucets when not in use. IF you spot a water leak, have it fixed right away! Also, try lowering your home’s water temperature to 120 degrees. This prevents scalding accidents as well.
5) Home Insulation
It is strongly encouraged to have your home inspected for cracks and openings that might be letting air inside. Sealing these openings in windows and doors can be a large project, but a lucrative one in the long run. Keep your warm air inside and the cold air out! Proper home insulation is vital to reducing heating costs.