20 Apr 7 Simple Ideas for Conserving Energy at Home
Now is a great time to save on your energy bills and keep more money in your bank account by conserving energy at home. Conserving energy not only benefits you financially, but also means less harmful emissions are released into our environment. There are lots of simple ways to make your home more energy efficient. Here are 7 simple ways to get started on conserving energy at home today:
1. Conserve Water
Of course, using less water in your daily life at home will lower your water bill. And when you use less hot water you will also reduce your gas or electric bill—depending on which kind of water heater you have. To cut down on water use, take less time to shower and be conscious of turning the faucet off as much as possible when washing dishes, preparing food, and brushing your teeth. Wait until you have a full load of clothing to wash before running your washer. You can also save energy by lowering your hot water temperature to 120 degrees. If you want more water-efficient fixtures and appliances, install faucets and shower heads designed to conserve water.
2. Eliminate Phantom Loads
Phantom loads are the amount of energy that an appliance or electronic device uses when it is not turned on. Phantom loads make up a large percentage of all home electricity consumption in the United States. You can reduce and eliminate phantom loads by unplugging appliances and electronics when you are not using them.
3. Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Another simple way to conserve energy in your home is by replacing your light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs only cost a few dollars, but will save you money in the long-term by using 75% less energy than your old incandescent light bulbs.
4. Choose a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you as much as 15% on your home heating and cooling costs. Programmable thermostats automatically adjust the temperature in your home based on your schedule. This means the house is only heated or cooled when you need it to be.
5. Use Fans to Cool Your Home
When it’s hot outside, use fans to cool your home. By using stationary and ceiling fans to cool your home, you rely less on your air conditioner. You can significantly reduce the cost of cooling your home by raising your thermostat and using fans to stay cool.
6. Improve Window Efficiency
Storm windows are the best bet for reducing temperature loss through windows in your home. While storm windows can carry a rather hefty upfront cost, they pay for themselves rather quickly by significantly reducing energy costs. If you aren’t able to install storm windows, you can make your existing windows more energy efficient by covering your windows with a transparent seal, installing insulated shades, or applying window quilts.
7. Go Solar
Our team at Energy Saving Pros knows that going solar is the best option for conserving energy at home and saving money on energy costs. Going solar is simple and we offer 100% financing. Contact us today about how easy it is to go solar! Call 916-259-2501 or reach us online for your free quote!