Energy saving tips for your home
According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. household spends over $2000 every year on energy costs. Reducing home energy use can save you money and can also help the environment.
If you’re interested, continue reading for some simple tips to begin reducing your energy use and increasing your savings:
- Wash your clothes in cold water, and skip the dryer by line drying your clothes
- Use Energy Star appliances, which are government-approved for their energy efficiency
- Install a programmable thermostat to save on cooling and heating costs
- Change to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Keep your heating and cooling system properly maintained to optimize its energy efficiency
- Unplug electronics when they are not in use. Some continue to draw power when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off
- Reduce the temperature on your water heater to 130 degrees and insulate the unit and piping to retain heat
- Close your blinds and draw your curtains when it’s hot outside to reduce temperatures inside your home without relying as much on your air conditioner
- Use major appliances like your laundry machine and dishwasher during off-peak hours when energy rates are lower
- Make sure your home is properly insulated so your heating and cooling system does not have to work overtime
- Use ceiling fans to help cool your home in the summer
These tips are easy to follow and can lower your energy bill. For example, just washing your clothes in cold water could save you about $70 on energy costs in a year. When you add up all these savings, it makes a big difference.