Twenty Energy Saving Tips.
In a world which becomes more technologically advanced day after day, electrical energy is often taken for granted. However, by using energy in an irresponsible manner and from non-ecological sources we actually affect the environment, in addition to paying more money for the bills. Thus, if you want to save money and become more eco friendly, we have prepared a list of 20 energy saving tips that you can use:
1). Make sure that your AC is running at peak performance.
Most people rely solely on air conditioning appliances when the heat waves strike. And since this device is so heavily used, we must ensure that it’s also cleaned regularly (ideally 1 time per year) and that freon levels are adequate. In the absence of regular AC maintenance we risk contracting different diseases and allergies, and we may notice that the air around is not so chilly as it should be, even if electronic numbers indicate differently.
2). Do some economy thanks to fans and shades.
When the temperature outside is not extremely high, you can cool your house using lower power fans and windows shades, which restrict some of the sun rays and return the heat back outside. The fans will use considerably less energy compared to air conditioning systems, hence the reason why you will become more eco friendly too. If you want extra cooling, then you can consider putting a water container in front of the fan, or buy one which has this feature included.
3). Cook outside If you live in a house and not in a building with multiple apartments,
Then you get the unique opportunity to use an outdoor grill instead of the traditional indoor oven. This way you will save energy and save your kitchen from the additional heat which is produced by the oven. Moreover, you can grill vegetables and meat, and then invite your friends or your family members for additional socialization, so everyone will benefit. And you will also feel more relaxed thanks to the fact that you will be outdoors and not trapped between walls.
4). Use artificial light sources only when you need them.
Always try to maximize natural light sources during the day by using windows and reflectors. If you work or stay at home during the day, then you will find out that you need little to no artificial lights, since computers and TV’s have the amount of background light that we need. At night, ensure that only those rooms which you use are lit. Avoid leaving the lights on in the kitchen or bathroom when no one is there, since this will only waste energy.
5). Use energy-saving light bulbs and appliances.
If you have old light bulbs in your time, then you should know that they consume 3-4 times more energy compared to modern bulbs (especially LED-based ones). Thus, replace the old ones and you will notice that your energy bill will become lower from next month. Furthermore, your electrical and electronic appliances should be at least A-grade certified, as to ensure they use as little energy as possible while also being built with eco-friendly regulations in mind.
6). Turn off your computers and laptops when not in use.
Some people tend to leave their computers or laptops turned on even when they don’t do any work at all. This is a harmful behavior, as computers tend to generate heat and use significant energy when they are left on. A solution to this is to shut them off as soon as you finish your work, or at least put them on standby if you know that it ain’t going to be long until you resume your work. This way you will save energy and wasted heat.
7). Install light sensors in your yard.
If you live in a house and benefit from the afferent yard, then you also need to ensure that it uses only the energy which it needs. One way to do this is to install solar-powered lights in the yard, but you can also consider light-sensor based ones, which are more useful during autumn and winter times. Furthermore, if you ever had problems with robberies in the past and don’t own a dog, then light sensors placed in the yard will totally discourage any thieves which dare to venture in your property.
8). Buy programmable thermostats.
In order to maintain a constant temperature in your home you can choose to buy programmable thermostats, which can be set to automatically shut off when you leave the building. Just as well these can be programmed to turn on half hour or one hour before your reach the residence. If you don’t want to buy such thermostats, then the solution is to manually turn down the temperature in each room (in the colder season), and turn it back up when you reach home. Also make sure to use a colder-neutral temperature for the rooms in your house which are not used currently.
9). Try to install solar panels, and eolian generators.
If you want to become more eco-friendly, lower your general bills and help eliminate CO2 emissions in your city, then you can consider installing solar panels for your house. These can account for more than 50% of the total heating requirements of a regular house and can help you save a considerable amount of money on the long term. Furthermore, depending on the state where you live, government can offer you some rebates when you install the panels. For more information you need to check with your local authority and see if you qualify for these state-wide rebates.
10). When you go into a longer trip, disconnect the fridge(s) and leave their door open.
If you leave home for over 1 week and there is no one which remains in the residence, then you need to disconnect the fridge, empty it of contents, and leave its door open. In a 1-week term cooked food will expire and will leave in a nasty smell in the fridge. Even eggs and semi-prepared food can expire in this period, so it’s better if you throw it away when you leave. When you return, you can buy some fresh food from a restaurant for the first day, then cook some more for yourself.
11). Install energy-efficient windows.
Keep in mind that most of the windows on the market have a lifespan of 5 years. After this period, their quality is dragged down and they won’t have the same thinsulation qualities as before. Therefore, make sure to have your windows checked by an energy expert, and replace them if required. Take a look into the 4-seasons certified windows, which will provide higher thermic efficiency, both during summer and winter. In addition, they are created from premium materials which do not affect the environment when recycled. Thus, you will do yourself and your home a good.
12). Inspect and seal ducts.
A recent study shows that 30% of the energy loss in a home is represented by air loss of the ducts. You need to check these ducts or have an expert check them for you, and seal them in order to prevent air loss. You can also go with the replacing option if you have the necessary budget, aspect which will allow you to benefit from a higher usage guarantee. Nevertheless, the ducts in your home need to be verified regularly.
13). Use cold water when washing your clothes.
(30C) It has been proven that as much as 90% of the total energy of a wash machine goes into heating the water, so by using cold water you will actually save energy and improve the lifespan of your life machine. If you think that your clothes won’t come out as clean when using cold water, then the fault may reside into the detergent that you use. Make sure to invest in a quality detergent which will work as well in cold water as it does in hot water. This way you and your family will be happy.
14). Use kitchen and bathroom fans when necessary.
These small fans protect us against unwanted smells and refresh the air in kitchen and bathroom. However, you don’t have to keep them working 24/7, as this will waste unnecessary energy and even provide some unpleasant noise. Use these fans only when necessary, such as the times of cooking or after taking a shower. This way you will become more eco-friendly and manage to use electrical energy in a functional manner. And nature will thank you.
15). Go for a halogen oven.
A halogen oven uses up to 75% less energy compared to a conventional oven, hence allowing you to rejoice tasty chicken and turkey, while also saving money on the bills. Such oven is not expensive, costing you between 70$ and 170$, yet the initial investment will definitely be slashed off within few months. Furthermore, you will do nature a good while also protecting your home against extra heat which is commonly provided by regular ovens. And the food will taste just as well, as you can set the temperature at which you want your meal to be cooked.
16). Dry your laundry the natural way.
This may not always be possible due to shifting weather conditions, but in 80% of the cases it will be possible. You can save precious energy by drying your laundry in the sun, instead of putting it on the dryer. It has been proven that this process comes with natural disinfecting and bleaching properties, thus being more helpful for you than you could actually think. And it’s also free, so you can thank Mother Nature once again and let your clothes dry in the sun by themselves, instead of using the modern dryer.
17). Turn electronic appliances off when they are not in use.
Radios and TVs can consume quite some energy if they are left on at all times, especially if they are left on for longer hours. Make sure they are turned off when no one is taking advantage of them. In addition, unplug the adapters (including cell phone adapters), since they use energy even if no one is using them currently. The simple fact they are plugged in makes them draw energy which no one is using, and this aspect will not be beneficial for your home or your bills.
18). Check your attic insulation.
Attic is a delicate area, most home owners complaining about the fact that this surface is either too hot or too cold. However, what most people forget to do is to check the insulation of their attic and see whether it is up to requirements or not. The insulation level should be R38 or between 13 and 15 inches. Any lower than that will mean that your attic is not properly insulated, hence the reason why you will face higher/lower temperatures in the rooms below and waste some of your house’s energy efficiency. If you are unsure, then it’s best to check with an expert in this niche.
19). Avoid over-drying your clothes.
If you choose to use an electrical dryer for your home, then at least make sure that you don’t over-dry your clothes. If you choose to run your dryer just 15 minutes less than you normally do, then you will have an economy of 35$ per year. This may not seem like a lot of money, but everything adds on the long term, and you also affect the nature indirectly by using the energy in an irresponsible manner. Thus, make sure to dry your clothes only as needed, then iron them.
20). Unplug old refrigerators and freezers.
A considerable amount of people have an old refrigerator or freezer around which is stuffed with some old food and which is rarely used. If you are the owner of such appliance, then it’s best to unplug it, and even consider recycling it. Food is best when it’s served fresh, so frozen meat or bread which is few months old won’t benefit you.
By using just one or two A-grade refrigerators in your home you will do an important economy of electrical energy, which can account to even 20% per year. And you will also become more eco friendly. These are the top 20 energy saving tips that you need to keep in mind. Use them, and nature will thank you, while your electrical bills will also go down.