Window and Door Tips
Make sure all doors and windows seal completely and tightly. Leaking windows and doors certainly can waste large amounts of energy. There are also home improvements that might be considered such as investing in newer designed energy efficient windows and doors.
Efficient lighting and energy-saving habits may greatly reduce your home energy costs. Don’t leave lights on unnecessarily and make sure to use bulbs that are the proper wattage and/or lumens, Energy-efficient light bulbs and especially LED lighting have become commonplace and are now very affordable, cost affective and easy to install.
Home heating and cooling are large energy users. During warm months and weather permitting, turn off the heat, open the windows and let your home fill with fresh air and allow your home to maintain a comfortable temperature. When it is too hot and muggy to open the windows, consider drawing the shades and using oscillating or ceiling fans rather than air conditioning units and be sure to switch to cool, comfortable clothing. During the colder season throw on a good pair of socks and a sweatshirt and try to lower the heat as much as possible, while still remaining comfortable.
Plumbing tips to reduce energy consumption include a lot of shortcuts that you and your family can make habit fairly easily. Things like turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers, and making sure that all faucets are turned all the way off are simple to do. Waiting until the dishwasher is full before it is run and using the cold setting on your washing machine are also very helpful.
Home Electronics Tips
Shutting down home computers and appliances is important, but there’s more you can do to reduce your energy costs. Turning off electronics when they aren’t being used may seem like a no-brainer, but did you know that appliances can still use a little bit of energy when they’re not being used, but left plugged in. If you know an appliance won’t be used frequently, consider storing it away, unplugged, and taking it out only when it’s needed. This might also help you to free up some more counter space.
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