What’s the one bill you dread the most? I know the answer, the electricity bill. Few things are as terrifying as seeing the figure. Going into an energy-saver ode is the simplest way of doing that. Not only does it reduce the bills you otherwise have to pay for your electricity, but a lot of governments around the world also offer special subsidies for going energy saver. Doing this especially simple since there are a lot of simple tips and tricks that most homeowners can make use of. Here are a few things you can do to make your home energy-efficient.
Change the Way You Heat and Cool Your Home
Heating up and cooling your home is one of the largest contributors to your energy consumption. So, it can make a world of difference. So change the way you do it. Here are a few options you can try.
- Switch from Air Conditioners to Ceiling Fans. Most people tend to use Air Conditioners to cool their homes, but if you live in an area that has mild temperatures, these can reduce your energy consumption significantly.
- Replace the air filters in your air conditioner and heater frequently. It can reduce energy consumption a little bit.
- Set the thermostat as per the time of the day and the people in your house. Changing the thermostat temperature by even a single degree can change the energy bill by 2% in an average household. A great idea is to lower when you’re headed out and the house is to be empty.
- When you go to sleep, draw all your curtains. This insulates a room better and keeps you warm and toasty.
Switch to CFLs and LEDs to Light Your Homes
On average, 11% of the energy consumption of a house is due to lighting. Regular bulbs and incandescent lights create a lot more heat than light. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and Light-emitting Diodes (LED) are newer technologies that reduce energy usage by 50-75%. Of these two, LEDs are even more energy-efficient. If you’re willing to put in a little extra money, consider getting models that offer lighting controls.
Change Your Showerheads and Toilets
Being cautious with water usage is one of the best ways to be energy efficient. Here are a few things to make your home water-efficient.
- Consider getting low-flow heads for your showers. Showers tend to waste a lot more water than you think, so why not make your showers more environment-friendly. Most hardware stores offer low-flow showers in different flow rates. A few of these shower-heads even have a pause button which can be used to shut off the water while you lather. How cool is that?
- Switch to a dual-flush toilet. These toilets have two settings you can choose from. One uses lesser water to flush and the other uses more. You can choose the lower water setting for liquid waste and a higher water setting for solid waste. These can reduce your water consumption by as much as 30%.
Change the Way, You Cook
Cooking also causes a lot of energy wastage. Here are some simple changes you can make.
- Use a convection oven. These use 20% less electricity as compared to regular ovens. The fans distribute the heat more evenly so the food cooks better.
- In fact, better yet switch to a microwave oven. The electricity usage here is lesser by approximately 80% as compared to regular ovens.
- When you cook, cover the utensils. The food will cook faster, hence, use lesser energy.
- For boiling food, use a pressure cooker. These also reduce the cooking time significantly.
Saving energy around the house is a lot easier than you might think. It is these simple things that contribute to a more ecologically and economically sound community. So why not do it?