As homeowners, we’re always looking at ways to save so we can splurge on home renovations and decor. They always say to try to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms or opt for energy-efficient appliances, but do they really make a difference? This is one of the small changes that can make a big difference. We use our lights every day, some more than others. The amount of energy usage adds up over time so by switching, think of all that energy that could’ve been saved by switching from incandescent to LED lightbulbs.
Now let’s take a look at other ways to conserve energy in your home:
Switch to LED Lightbulbs
As we just discussed, switching to an energy-efficient lightbulb can make all the difference while reducing wasted energy in your home. I.e. standard incandescent light bulbs use 60-watt while an LED is 12-watt using up to 80% less energy. Look at those savings! So the answer is simple, yes these little changes can make a big impact on your savings.
Be Conscious of Light Switches
We tend to leave the lights on for comfort, to light dark hallways and provide light throughout our home. It takes a second to turn on the switch and off, it’s that simple. Use this rule of thumb; if you plan on being out of the room for more than 15 minutes, turn them off. If you plan on being back in the room in less than 15 minutes, leaving them on wouldn’t hurt.
Close Your Windows and Use Curtains
This is the easiest way to trap out any excess warm air and saving on your AC bill. Start by closing your windows as early as the morning because temperatures can reach the 80’s by 9 am. Keep this rule in mind, keep warm air out by closing windows, and opening windows to allow cool air to come in. Don’t let your home bake like the oven and keep your home cooler while saving energy with all the windows shut
Wash in Cold Water
Now that it’s summertime, and there’s no need to add any more heat, try washing in cold water. That is hands and clothing. No need to let your faucet run until it produces warm water and wash your clothing in cold water. Washing your clothing in cold water preserves the fabric and saves on heating costs. Take a refreshing shower in cooler water to beat the summer heat.
Install a Smart Thermostat
The latest technology offers so much, we love the idea of having a smart thermostat where you can control from anywhere just using your phone. Did you forget to set your thermostat before you left for work? No problem, you can adjust your thermostat from the palm of your hands. Not only are smart thermostats extremely convenient, but they can also help you save on both heating and cooling by automatically adjusting the temperature.