5 Tips to Save Energy At Home
Saving energy doesn’t only help the environment, it helps you and it helps your wallet. Those monthly bills can be a dread, specially during the summer or spring, so save yourself the pain and learn a few tips on how to save energy at home.
1. Upgrade your lighting
Incandescent bulbs consume four times more energy than flourescent or LED lights. They also produce much more heat. Swap all your bulbs for flourescent or LED lights, both of which last up to ten times longer and consume way less energy. You’ll be reducing your bill and saving money on light bulbs.
2. Adopt Energy Efficient Habits
First of all: be conscious. There are a number of daily mistakes we can avoid to save us a good percentage of energy expenses. These are some efficient habits you should take into account to save more energy and help the planet:
- Unplug devices that are not in use: phone and laptop chargers continue to consume energy even when they’re not connected to your devices. TVs, consoles and other appliances on stand-by also consume energy when plugged in. Make sure to unplug them.
- Turn off the light before leaving the room: do not forget to turn off all the lights of the rooms that are not being used. It’s time to change and be more energy efficient!
- Close the door: if you’re using the air conditioner, close the doors to every room that is not in use or doesn’t need cooling. This will reduce the effort and energy the air conditioner requires to keep the area fresh. The same applies to heating systems.
- Save while you sleep: during the night, you can turn off the air conditioner, close the curtains or blinds and open your windows to help the house cool down. Fans can keep you fresh and they consume less energy than air conditioners.
3. Control the temperature
Cooling or heating a house accounts for the most expenses in your bills, these are some tips to control these expenses:
- During the summer, keep the air conditioner to temperatures around 20-24 ºC or as comfortable as possible.
You can invest in ceiling fans which do not consume much energy and can help you cool rooms more easily and faster, helping your air conditioner.
- When you leave your home, turn off the air conditioner or lower the settings to the minimum (28 ºC). There are also programable thermostats that you can set up to control the temperature while you’re out. Schedule your day and make it so it starts cooling when you come back home, while keeping energy consumption low.
- During the winter, save on heating by wearing warm clothes at home, this way you can lower your heater as much as possible. Using a fireplace is an old fashioned but effective way to save energy and keep warm as well. Heating represents up to 30% of energy consumption during the winter.
4. Controlling Water Heating
Water heaters require a high energy consumption in order to heat water, specially during the winter. Wash your clothes with cold water to save that extra energy.
Lower the temperature of your water heater to at least 50-58 ºC. This is warm enough to take comfortable showers while reducing energy use. Don’t forget to turn off the heater or lower it’s temperature as much as possible during the night.
5. Do General Maintenance to Your Home
There are some extra things you can do to keep your home energy efficient:
- Perform periodical maintenance on your air conditioning systems. Keeping the filter clean helps the unit work more efficiently.
- Insulating your roof can save up to 20% in energy, make sure to insulate your home with the proper R-Value. You can ask at the store for the best choice for insulation.
- Prevent the heat from escaping your home during the winter. Check for any cracks or other type of openings in the walls, ceiling or windows of your home.
Taking measures to save energy can save you heaps of money both in the long term and the short term. Make sure to consciously follow all the tips and start your path to save energy at home.