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Top Tips to Save Energy at Home
Sometimes it does not take a lot of effort to save energy at home. It is often times free too, meaning you won’t have to invest a single penny and instead cut on the energy bill every month. It is a well-known fact that the average cost of electricity is going up and doing what you can to save energy is a must.
Here are some tips to do exactly that:
Turn off appliances – a household can easily reach 60 or more appliances, many of which consume power even when off. Thus the nickname energy vampires. The power they consume just be being plugged in and performing no function can be great, roughly accounting for 10% of electricity consumption. The usual example includes video and DVD players and appliances with a display showing the time or other information. These are usually not performing their function, but are on and thus they consume energy. You should definitely consider this when going on long vacations and spending time away from home. Using a power strip can help with saving energy. These devices can be turned off when appliances are not in use to prevent wasting of energy. Smart devices detect when appliances are not in use and turn off automatically. They are great for offices, but can also be used in effective home organizing.
– Lighting – every tip on saving energy from lighting begins with ‘turn off lightning when not in use’. Simple as that. We usually do not realize how many times we leave the lights on for hours and this adds extra cost to the electricity bill. You should change every light bulb with A-class energy efficient products. Other solutions include the adding of dimmer switches for rooms that allow it and motion detectors for garden and outdoor lights. They will automatically light as someone nears and then turn off when no one is around, thus maximizing energy efficiency. Another thing to consider for the outdoors is solar-powered night light, which charges by a solar panel during the day, and can then provide light during night hours.
– Heating and Cooling – energy saving can be maximized during the summer and winter seasons following some basic advices. First of all, any doors and windows to unused areas should be closed. Dressing for the weather – adding layers in winter and switching to natural breathable fibers during summer to get comfortable in periods of temperature spikes can mean less energy consumption. Insulation is extremely important. To achieve great energy savings, make sure the roof, walls and windows of your home are well-insulated. Any cracks, holes and gaps around windows should be caulked, to avoid heat loss. Take maximum advantage of the weather outside and any shutters and drapes you might be using – open them to allow heat in during heating season and close to stop it during cooling season.
– Water – the shower is often times a place to contemplate on life’s secrets and a ton of other things, which can lead to big hot water usage in homes. Remind yourself to take short showers and use water-saving faucets and showerheads. Any water heating unit should be turned off when going away for long periods of time.
Energy saving should be top priority for any home owner, both because it takes only some self-discipline in certain cases, but also because it can really take the load off the electricity bill.
Bio: Ella is blogger and copywriter who has great passion for home and office improvement projects. She is constantly searching for new technologies and methods for life and work optimization. What excites her most recently is the green idea and she is trying to raise the awareness towards it via her writing.