Conserving energy is a pretty hot topic these days for two reasons, first electricity costs are continuing to rise and electric bill are unmanageable for some families. The second reason is the impact on the environment and the desire to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some tips on saving money and energy at home.
- Use Smart Switches
Using motion sensors and timers can help you avoid wasting energy. Think of all the times you or someone in your family has left the room and left the light on. You can save an estimated $100 per year just by putting in motion sensors. Timers work on the same principal, whether it is for your lights or to turn your heat on, setting a timer is better than having it run continuously.
- Buy Some Groceries
Most people are unaware that your fridge actually runs better when it is full. Even if you’re the consummate bachelor who eats out every night and never cooks at home you can fill your fridge with water bottles. They can occupy space and keep the cool air in. When buying flowers, don’t put them in the fridge because they take up too much empty space! Vacuum the coils a couple of times a year so they run efficiently. These few steps can give you a savings of up to $60 per year. If you have an older fridge upgrading to Energy Star can reduce your energy by 40%.
- Unplug Anything You’re Not Using
Here is a fun fact, almost 75% of your electricity is being consumed by things you aren’t using. If you have something plugged in it is using power. While it isn’t much, take a moment to think of all the things in your home right now that are plugged in but not being uses. Turn off your Air Conditioning when you’re no longer using it. The microwave, countless lamps, televisions, computers and the list goes on. Unplug all of it. You will save yourself a fortune!
- Change the Filter in the Furnace
This is something that countless homeowners forget to do, make it a part of your spring cleaning routine. Dirty furnace filters make your furnace work even harder to keep your home warm. If the forced air and heat has to get through a dirty filter to get to you means higher energy bills. On top of that it shortens the life of your furnace and send dust, dirt and debris into the air of your home.
These are just some of the ways you can save energy costs, you can also consider upgrading your appliances, and insulating your house to save even more on your energy costs. Consult with an electrician for more ideas.