From heating to cooling, cooking to watching TV, our homes use a lot of energy. Becoming more energy efficient can help you save money and the environment. The best thing – there’s loads of options. You can make a one-time investment or take up some new daily habits.
Here’s 11 tips to make your home more energy efficient.
Use compact fluorescent bulbs – they can last 10 times longer and use 75% less energy.
Look for energy efficient appliances – Washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators all use large amounts of energy. If you’re looking to replace your current one, buy Energy Star certified appliances that use less energy
Switch off gadgets and appliances when not in use – an idle TV, computer or phone charger do consume power. Switch them off/plug them out when you don’t need them.
Don’t pre-rinse the dishes – if there’s food left on your plate, it’s a good idea to scrape it off but it’s going into the dishwasher to get a good scrub – there’s no need to pre-rinse every dish. A splash of water here and there adds up to gallons overtime.
Seal doors and windows – by doing this, you’re keeping the house warm for longer which means you won’t need to keep boosting the heat.
Insulate your home properly – heat escapes through the floors very quickly. Add rugs or carpet to keep the heat for that bit longer.
Insulate water heaters and pipes – cover your water heater with an insulated water heater blanket to retain the heat. The results in the unit using less energy to heat hot water.
Install solar panels – adding solar panels to your house can help you cut down on energy costs as you’re generating a little of your own electricity.
Use appliances efficiently – pay attention to how you’re using your appliances. Don’t waste energy by washing a couple of tops and jeans – do full loads of clothes. Same applies to the dishwasher, run a wash when it’s full.
Plant shade trees and shrubs around your house – In the summer, the trees provide shade, keeping your home naturally cool. In the winter, the gaps between the bare branches, allows the winter sun to shine through, providing some natural heat.
Schedule an energy audit – a trained auditor will be able to assess your home. Schedule an appointment and get the expert advice on what changes need to be made.
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