In our modern world where technology is at a constant rise, energy usage follows steadily with an equal rise in cost. Society today is heavily dependent on using electricity for every-day activities but the cost of dependency could sometimes be hard to bear. Therefore, it is necessary to use energy economically in order to conserve it and save on your energy bills. Here are four ways you could start saving on energy usage.
Thermostats and other devices related to cooling and heating are one of the common ways to run a high bill. Setting a thermostat to a lesser temperature during winter, when your home is without occupants would save on heating costs significantly and using a programmable thermostat would help regulate a comfortable temperature. During the summer, your air conditioner is on constantly, sometimes at an unnecessarily low temperature but making sure the cool air generated stays indoors, would allow temperature to be set higher, saving energy. Things such as, making sure your air conditioner filter is dust-free or adding house window tinting to cut off heat from entering your home would efficiently reduce the machine’s energy usage.
Appliances rely highly on energy and efficient use of them would notably reduce on your energy consumption. Switch off appliances when not in use and make sure to unplug them. A more efficient use of your washing machine and dishwasher is to have a few full loads rather than several small loads throughout the day. Air-drying clothes and dishes instead of using the electric dryer is also a more economical way to go. Save on the energy used by your water heater by using cold water instead of hot, when washing clothes or dishes. Refrigerators are constantly using energy so make sure your refrigerator door seals tightly and set its temperature at a moderate setting or use the power-save option.
Proper insulation of your home is always worth the investment. Insulation allows for better control of indoor temperature. It stops the heat or cold from escaping your home during the relevant months, and saves on the energy consumed by temperature generating devices. Insulating your walls and ceiling will stop heat from escaping during the cold weather and bring down energy usage significantly. However, if insulation is too costly for your budget, then using carpets or rugs on floors or protecting windows with privacy window film are also ways of regulating indoor temperature.
Lights left on just because you forgot to switch them off will definitely cost you. Always remember to switch off the lights when leaving a room or if not, dim the lights. During the day, try to use daylight instead of electric lights. Switch to using CFL (compact fluorescent light-bulbs) that save up to 75% more energy, or LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs that save up to 85% more energy, compared to incandescent light bulbs.
Although saving energy may appear costly and time consuming, it is without a doubt beneficial in the long run. Consider investing in an electricity monitor meter to help inspire you to save on your energy consumption and when purchasing new appliances, always choose energy efficient appliances.