Last updated on December 15th, 2017 at 06:52 pm
Who doesn’t want to save more money around the house? Most of us can agree that saving money is a good thing and a big way to do that is by saving energy. You can’t cut your utility bills completely of course, but when you learn to reduce your usage, your savings will add up over time.
Here are six quick home tips to help you save energy as well as money:
- Adjust your thermostat – Most people can manage keeping temperatures a little cooler or warmer. You can put on a sweater in the winter, or dress in shorts if you’re warm. Keeping the thermostat a few degrees cooler in winter can really help you save money. In the summer, you can go up a few degrees to cut down on the time the air conditioner is running. Use your ceiling fans to keep the warm or cool air circulating, and think about getting a programmable thermostat too. They can really pay off in energy savings. I absolutely love mine (I have the Nest thermostat). I also use a space heater when I’m using just a small part of my home. That way I’m not paying to heat the whole house unnecessarily.
- Skip the stove – When possible, skip using the stove. If a toaster oven works fine for a small meal or just making a toasted sandwich, then avoid using the oven. You could also plan to do your baking in batches so you get a lot done at one time and avoid using the stove as often. Using the slow cooker is another way to avoid using the oven. This is a great idea in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the house, and then pay to cool it again with air conditioning.
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- Use power strips – You can plug your computer equipment and entertainment devices into power strips so you have one button that turns everything off when not in use. These also come as surge protectors to give you added protection from storms and other electrical surges.
- Make use of the natural sunlight – When possible, you can use the sun for both lighting and heating in your home. This can greatly reduce your electric bill. You can even buy thermal or lined curtains that keep more heat in the house when you keep them closed on cold winter days.
- Save water – Use cold water to wash laundry or pre-wash dishes, and reduce the temperature and amount of time you use water when bathing. Even these small changes add up in big ways. For even more savings, consider low-flow shower heads and kitchen faucet attachments.
- Unplug when not in use – It’s one of the simplest things you can do next to turning things off. Just unplug appliances, chargers, electronics, and other devices when they are not being actively used. And, of course, turn off the lights when you leave the room–something I am always nagging my kids about.
These are easy tips you can start now. Do you have any additional tips for saving energy?
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