Cutting back on your energy usage at home not only saves you a lot of money but also perhaps slow global warming. Changes in habit and small investments can add up to major savings.
Following are some simple ways that can help keep your energy consumption low in your home.
1. Turn off electronic devices when unwanted
Turning off any appliances you are not using will save you energy and money. So remember to switch off lights when you leave the room will not only save you right away but also extend the lifetime of all the bulbs in your house. Also, don't leave fridge or freezer doors open for longer than necessary, which can cause energy loss. In addition, when you go to bed, make sure to power your computer, television and microwave off entirely instead of keeping them in standby mode, which still uses power. What’s more, you can replace a desktop computer with a laptop because laptop computers draw only 15 to 25 watts during regular use, as compared to the 150 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor.
2. Decrease the hot water temperature
To save energy, you should turn down the temperature of your water heater to 120 degree F. Remember to check up your boiler regularly. If your hot water thermostat is not insulated, you can wrap it with an insulating jacket, which may save you $30 a year.
3. Wash economically
Washing only when your clothes or dishes are full will help you cut down on energy and water costs. Up to 90 percent of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water, so you should wash the clothes in cold water. Besides, washing economically doesn't just apply to your clothes and dishes. You can take a shower instead of a bath will use around 50 percent less energy.
4. Control room temperature
Temperature control makes up an average of about 38 per cent of household energy usage. You should open the doors and windows in your house in summer to get natural winds and keep them closed in winter to retain heat. This will help you save energy and money because you don’t have to run heaters and air conditioning units as often or intensively. If you have a thermostat, you can cut your heating and cooling costs by 10 percent by adjusting it 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day.
5. Install solar panels
Apart from turning off appliances when not used and washing economically, you can install solar panels to save energy and money. Although this can mean a hefty whack of money up-front, the impact it makes on your electricity bill is worth it - over time.