It's that time of the month again: Your energy bill is due. You always make sure to turn off the lights and shut down the AC when you leave the house - so why is the cost still so high? Sounds like you might need to brush up on some energy saving tips to protect your bank account from taking such a hit every month.
Decreasing your energy usage might be simpler than you think. Most of the time, there are specific reasons why a home requires excess electricity, especially during the hot summer months when you feel like you need to keep the AC cranked up.
While some of these energy saving hacks might require a handyman or licensed professional, you can do most of them on your own. Swapping light bulbs, setting temperatures, and keeping air vents open can help decrease your energy consumption and thereby lower your bill. You might even find that some tricks you thought were helping are actually working against you. A little education can go a long way.
Seal the windows, turn down the thermostat, move your fridge away from the oven, and give these other tips a try. Vote up the best way to keep your home in tip-top energy shape.
Turn Heat Down, Not Off
When you turn the heat off (or the air conditioning, for that matter), environmental factors take over. Re-heating your house back to a comfy temperature - let alone doing so regularly throughout the day - will waste a lot more energy than simply letting it run. Rather than switch your heat off, a better option is to just turn it down; 7-10 degrees oughta do it. You can also install a thermostat that can regulate temperature on its own.Is this a good tip?
Use An Air Vent Booster
Ever had one of those Goldilocks rooms that are always a little to warm or a little too cold? Look no further than an air vent booster, which should be able to solve that pesky problem. A powered fan that pulls cool air directly from your ducts into the room, the booster will fit perfectly in your vent and your budget; most use a 12-volt DC power adapter, which is ultra-cheap to run.Is this a good tip?
Be Dishwasher Smart
Your dishwasher takes up a significant chunk of household energy - but it can take up a lot less if you're a bit more judicious about using it.
For starters, it's best to wait until you've got a full load of dishes ready to go through. Once the washing cycle is complete, choose the air-dry setting - rather than heat-dry. Your checking account will thank you in the long run.Is this a good tip?
Unplug Electronics That Aren't Being Used
According to the US Department of Energy, American households spend an average of about $1,900 a year on energy costs. And contrary to assumption, the energy is not just the result of all those appliances - the TV, the laptop, the coffee machine - you keep running.
If you want to save money, turning them off won't do the trick - you've gotta unplug them altogether. Plugged-in electronics keep zapping energy even when they're switched off. Anywhere from 5-10% of residential electricity is used by devices that are always plugged in.Is this a good tip?