Easy Ways to Conserve Energy at Home
Conserving energy at home is not only helpful to your wallet and your family, but it helps the entire world as well. Energy and electricity affect us all – and unless we want to live without light, we should start paying more attention and taking care of our own energy outputs. A simple thing like not plugging in too many things can help to avoid problems such as shortages within your home.
Below we have compiled a list of easy things that anyone can do to help save both money and energy within the home. Taking care of your house is vital to a happy environment, so make sure to treat it with care!
1.Check Your Refrigerator
Saving energy in your home can not only help you to conserve money, but it can also help the environment and total energy output.
This may be one of the most important tips we can give you since your refrigerator actually accounts for about twenty percent of your entire household energy output. To help save on costs and lessen your energy used, make sure to turn your refrigerators down. We recommend putting your thermostat in the fridge set to around thirty-seven degrees (Fahrenheit) and three degrees in the freezer. If your refrigerator offers one, make sure that your energy-saving switch is turned on. Also, make sure that the gaskets in your fridge are sealed properly or else cool air will seep out which in turn makes the fridge work harder.
2.Replace Air Filters
This is important especially for when winter and summer are rolling around the corner. Cleaning and/or replacing your air filters will help to make your air conditioner and heating system work less and will help to keep temperatures stable. Dirty or clogged filters will make your air conditioner or furnace work a lot harder and the outcome will be a much higher energy bill.
3.Another Fridge Tip – Keep That Freezer Cool
An empty freezer uses a lot more energy than a full one. If you don’t have enough food to fill up your entire freezer, we recommend freezing gallons of water to keep the air cold and full. It will help to regulate the temperature and lessen the amount of work and energy that the fridge has to produce.
4.Grill in the Summer
This may seem like an obvious tip, but can often be overlooked as an energy saver. Cooking food in the stove when it’s hot outside makes your air conditioner have to work harder. By grilling outside you are allowing your house to stay cool while still cooking delicious food.
5.Avoid Energy Ghosts
Electronics that may not be turned on but are still plugged into a power strip still drain energy and cost you money. Displays such as digital clocks that are constantly on suck out energy as well and are usually unneeded. We recommend plugging all electronics such as computers, video game consoles and whatever else may be around into a power strip that can be easily turned off and unplugged when exiting a room. This will save a lot of unnecessary energy from being used.
6.No Screensavers on Laptops
It may be a fun add-on, but having a screensaver on a laptop does nothing to save on energy. Instead, opt for the sleep or hibernation mode so that both your computer and your household energy can be given a much needed rest.
Saving energy in your home can not only help you to conserve money, but it can also help the environment and total energy output. Think bigger than your home and realize just how much energy each house is putting out and do whatever you can to lessen yours. Your wallet and the world will thank you.