7 Steps To Creating A More Energy Efficient Home

How much money are you spending on electricity each year? If you’re answer is “a lot”, then you’re not fully making the most of your home equipment. What if you could save up to $100 each year just by changing the way you use energy in your home? If that sounds exciting to you, read on to see how you can save money from electricity:

1. Choose the right appliances.

energy efficient homesNot all appliances are created equal. Some, like your fridge, consume more energy than any other machines in your home. Should you go appliance shopping, make sure to look for one with a high energy rating. This ensures that you’re not only getting the best quality out there, but the most bang for your buck as well. Additionally, choose appliances that suit your needs—anything bigger is a potential money waster. Match your equipment to your daily requirements to help lower your energy consumption.

2. Don’t forget to do things manually.

While technology makes life easier, we have unfortunately become too dependent on them. Going back to the basics—that is, doing things manually—will help significantly cut energy costs. If you’re drying clothes, skip the dryer and just hang your garments on a clothes line and let them dry in open air. You could also wash dishes by hand to cut back from using the dishwasher too often. If you can’t help but use the dishwasher, make sure to turn it on only when it’s already full. As always, remember to use only the right amount of water you need.

3. Refrain from using the water heater whenever you can.

Heating water for your shower uses plenty of energy. If you can help it, skip using the water heater or take quick showers instead. That should help reduce energy consumption in your home.

4. Use energy-efficient lighting.

Money-saving lighting used to be a myth, what with all the expensive light bulbs. Fast forward to today, you can find eco-friendly and energy-efficient lighting for your home. Lights such as LED can last you up to 50,000 hours, which means that you won’t have to replace the bulbs several times a year. LED lights are far superior to incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs not only in terms of quality but energy efficiency as well.

5. Do regular maintenance of your heating and cooling units.

Whether it’s hot or cold, you will always benefit from clean, unrestricted air. Keep the filters and vents clean at all times to maximize the power of your equipment. Dirt buildup reduces the efficiency of heaters and air conditioners—the less efficient they are, the more that you need to increase their power, which means more electricity consumption.

6. Make it a habit to turn off lights and appliances when not in use.

turn off lights when not in usePrevent vampire draw by turning off lighting and unplugging machines when not in use. Also known as standby power, vampire draw happens when you keep appliances plugged in their sockets after use. Even when they’re not in use, these equipment still draw out power from the electricity source. Hence, the name vampire draw.

7. Change the settings on your computer to save energy.

It may not seem much, but tweaking your computer settings to make it more energy efficient will do you good in the long run. Check out the power management options on your computer and optimize it to power saving. This should come in really useful especially when you use the computer daily.

Saving money from energy doesn’t seem hard at all, does it? With electricity smarts, you can significantly reduce your energy expenses and enjoy the things that truly matter to you.

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Sophie Diaz is an energy efficient consultant and writes regularly on improving energy efficiency for both businesses and households.