Last updated on December 3rd, 2023 at 01:01 pm
Looking for ways to conserve energy at home–and save a few dollars in the process? There are lots of simple things you can start doing today to reduce your energy use and put some money back in your pocket!
Who doesn’t want to save more money around the house? Most of us can agree that saving money is a good thing, whether you want to pay down debt, save for a vacation or retirement, or start an emergency fund. One way to find some extra savings at home is by reducing your energy consumption.
You can’t eliminate 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.
And, let’s not forget heated throws and blankets. They’re another terrific way to stay cozy and warm without paying to heat the entire house.
Skip the stove
When possible, skip using the stove. If a toaster oven will work 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 don’t have to use the stove as often.
Using your instant pot, slow cooker, or air fryer is another way to avoid using the oven. This is an especially good idea in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the house, and then pay to cool it again with air conditioning.
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. You’ll be less likely to forget (or just skip) turning off each component.
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 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 very simple tips, and ones you can start now. Do you have any additional tips to conserve energy at home? Leave me a comment with your energy-saving ideas!
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