Do you feel like your energy is being drained during the day? That’s because it is! To be highly effective, we need all of our energy and focus. But if we’re not careful with how we use that energy, it can quickly deplete. This blog post will show you seven habits of highly effective energy savers who are great at saving their energy for later in the day. These energy-saving tips will help you become more efficient and get more done without feeling exhausted and worn out! So read on to find out what they are!
1. Tweak your habits every day
As a homeowner, you can conserve energy without having to buy expensive new products. Turn off lights and appliances when they are not in use, or do your chores manually instead of using power-hungry machines like the dryer for clothes or the dishwasher. Some simple but effective ways that can help save money on utility bills include lowering temperatures during winter months by turning down thermostats, and cutting back on cooling costs in summer months with air conditioners.
Did you know that TV and lights together add up to about 10% of your electricity costs on an annual basis? If it’s not convenient for you, try using timers or installing remote sensors in the rooms where those devices are located so they can be turned off automatically without needing someone manually turning them off every time.
2. Use an alternative globe for light bulbs
With all the advancements in energy-efficient lighting, there are more options than ever before. You can choose between incandescent, halogen, CFLs, and LEDs, making it hard to decide on your next purchase, but they will be worth every penny according to their efficiency levels.
Traditional bulbs use an excessive amount of electricity, while also requiring a new replacement 3-5 times as often as other bulb types. This is because these traditional light bulbs have only about 1/4 of the lifespan compared with more modern alternatives, such that you may go through two or three sets where one would do with a modern globe. On top of being inefficiently priced upfront due to its shorter life span (efficiency), a traditional lightbulb consumes so much electricity.
3. Use Smart power strips
It is estimated that 75% of household electronics are left on when they’re not in use in the modern world. This can cost you up to $200 a year- but with advanced power strips, which cut off all electricity once devices have been turned off or put into standby mode, this problem becomes nonexistent. You will lower your monthly costs significantly!
4. Install a smart or Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can help save you money by automatically turning down the heat or air conditioning when it is not needed. By installing a programmable thermostat, homeowners avoid wasting energy while still maintaining comfortable temperatures in their homes for optimal comfort. Programmable models come with different features to fit your weekly schedule and make life easier on busy lifestyles- including indicators that let you know when to replace filters or address HVAC problems before they get out of hand, which also improve efficiency!
5. Buy energy-efficient appliances
When purchasing an energy-efficient appliance, you should look for appliances with the Quick Spark label. The federal guarantee means that these products use less electricity when in use and on standby than a standard model. When looking at different models of refrigerator or dishwasher, this will save your family money by lowering utility bills over time without sacrificing features like size or design style.
As a homeowner, one of the best ways to save money and conserve energy is by investing in Quick Spark appliances. For instance, an energy-efficient refrigerator consumes up to 9% less electricity than other models without sacrificing performance or quality. In contrast, clothes washers with this certification use 25% less water, and 45% fewer kilowatts per hour when compared with less efficient machines.
6. Insulate your home
Insulation is a critical factor in reducing energy bills by regulating the amount of heat inside and outside. The recommended level will vary depending on where you live, with warmer climates requiring less insulation than colder regions like New England.
Different areas of your home need different levels of insulation: floors, walls, crawlspace, or basement if applicable for those types of spaces; attic if not already insulated to an appropriate degree.
7. Lower the water heating expense
A water heater is one of the most expensive appliances in your home, costing about $1500 a year to operate. That’s over ten times more than it costs for an air conditioner! It can account for up to 25% of your annual energy bill on average, and that number rises with each degree you turn up the thermostat. The good news is there are three ways around this expense: use less hot water, try turning down the thermostat setting on your current model, or installing insulation wraps – both will save money as well as keep those pipes from getting too cold (which can result in burst pipes).
Your home is the place where you spend much of your time. You should be able to enjoy it and not feel like you’re being suffocated by the heat or cold, so take up these seven habits and implement them into your life every day!
We can help ensure that this transition toward energy efficiency goes smoothly with our team of experts ready and waiting to partner with you.
Which one are you going to try first? Please share in the comment section below and let us know how it went!