Last updated on January 5th, 2022 at 12:32 am
Who doesn’t want to save more money around the house? Most of us can agree that saving money is a good thing, and one 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 energy usage, the savings will definitely add up over time.
How to conserve energy at home (and save money)
- Adjust your thermostat – Most people can manage to keep 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 just one button to turn 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 is any easy way to 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 – Save energy by using cold water to wash laundry or pre-wash dishes, and reduce the temperature and amount of time you use water when bathing. Even small changes like these add up in big ways. For even more savings, you’ll want to consider low-flow shower heads and kitchen faucet attachments.
- Unplug when not in use – One of the simplest things you can do, next to turning things off, is to unplug them. Make it a habit to unplug appliances, chargers, electronics, and other devices when they are not being actively used. And, of course, always turn off the lights when you leave a room–something I am always nagging my kids about.
These are some easy tips, and ones you can start now. Do you have any additional tips to conserve energy at home? Leave me a comment at the bottom of the post with your energy-saving ideas!
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