If you think that your monthly energy bill is how, here are some ways to conserve energy and significantly reduce your utility bills. You can take easy steps or make large investments to lower your energy bills. Over time, the amount you save from these steps can be great and can increase the property value of your home. You can start putting these steps into practice to save energy today.
1. Wash your clothes in cold water cycle
Washing your clothes in cold water cycle can significantly conserve energy used by your laundry machine. Hot water laundry cycles can be one of the most energy consuming activities at home. Cold water cycles not only make your clothes fresh and clean as hot water cycles, but also soap manufacturers who make laundry detergent designed their detergent for cold water. Also, try to run a full load of laundry when washing your laundry.
2. Install fluorescent lamps
Fluorescent lamps use much less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last even longer. The fluorescent lamps use five times less energy than the incandescent and last up to 15 times longer. Investing in compact fluorescent lamps is a straightforward decision. Replacing your incandescent bulbs is quite worth the investment.
3. Air-dry your dishes
Use the air-dry option or leave your dishes to dry in open air instead of using a heated drying cycle in your dishwasher. The heating cycle takes up a lot of energy in your home. The dishwasher’s washing cycle gives a good amount of heat through its washing that it will help the dishes to air-dry.
4. Seal air leaks through walls, windows, and doors
If air is leaking through your walls, windows, doors, or roofs, it is important to seal the air leaks using silicone caulk, foam, or rubber. The air leaking through the cracks cause the air conditioning and heating machines to work harder to maintain the indoor air temperature you set it on. Spreading foam or silicone caulk to cover cracks is an inexpensive way to keep the heat or cool in the house. Weather-stripping doors and windows are also an inexpensive way to conserve energy in your house.
5. Install high performing windows
If you have clear, single pan windows, change your windows to an energy efficient, double-pane windows. These have heat rejecting properties. When it involves salving heating, and cooling energy, one of the most important elements in your home are windows. High performing windows can save from ten percent to twenty-five percent of your heating and air conditioning bill. If where you live have no cold winters, it is not necessary to have double panes of glass. But it is important to install some type of shading or film that can block the solar radiation from entering your home.
6. Add insulation to your attic
Make sure that your house’s insulation system is working well enough to keep the heat or the air-conditioned air inside the house. According to statistics, 43 percent of all the energy used in your house is from heating and air conditioning. The more your house is insulated, the more money you can save from heating and cooling bills. Start with your attic. Make sure that there is additional wall insulation if you live in a place where the climate is cold. Spray foam insulation in between the insulation panels and any cracks you see in the walls or attic space.
7. Install a programmable thermostat
Have a start thermostat to control the heating and cooling systems in your house. The programmable thermostat will automatically turn down the air conditioning or heating when you are away from your house. You can also set your smart thermostat to turn off the air conditioner automatically when you leave your house and to turn on half an hour before you get home. According to statistics, you can save 10 percent of your electric bill by setting your temperature back by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. Programmable thermostats are affordable and are relatively easy to install. If you own a central heating or cooling system, there is no need to install a programmable thermostat.
8. Use the sun’s energy
Open your curtains during the winter to allow sunlight and warmth flow through your windows. By doing this, you allow natural light to warm up your house. Close your curtains during the summer to block solar heat from entering your home. A good rule to have is to leave your curtains open on windows facing the east so that the sun can warm up your house in cold mornings. Then close your curtains on windows facing the west to keep solar radiation from entering in hot afternoons.
9. Purchase energy star appliances
Try to purchase and use energy star appliances when it is possible. They are most commonly found in electric stores with the Energy Star label on them. Energy star appliances go through strict energy efficient guidelines.
10. Generate electricity from solar energy
Try to install solar power systems to conserve energy as well as eliminate or reduce your electricity bills. Also, adding a solar power system to your house can increase your property’s value.