Here’s a quick question: The last time that you went out to your mailbox and you pulled out your electricity bill, how did you feel about the amount that was on it? If the price was significantly higher than you would’ve liked to pay, the good news is that there are several things that you can do to make your energy costs lower next month.
If you would like some tips on how you can personally take control of the energy savings at your house, check these tips out below:
Use natural light more often. During the daytime hours, most of us tend to turn on the lights in our home out of habit. But the truth of the matter is that if you open up your curtains and/or blinds more often and let the sun’s natural light shine through, not only will it bring a bit of Vitamin D into the home but it will also prevent you from using a lot of electricity in the process.
Install a low-flow showerhead and toilet. When we’re taking a shower or even flushing the toilet, rarely do we think about how many gallons of water are being used in the process. Thankfully, there are some eco-friendly manufacturers who did and came up with a way to conserve more water. By installing a low-flow showerhead and toilet, you can save as much as 30 percent on your energy costs annually.
Also install a programmable thermostat. Another thing that can waste a lot of energy is constantly adjusting your thermostat or forgetting to turn it off (or to a lower setting) when you’re away at work or on vacation. However, by having a programmable thermostat, you can preset it so that you will use less energy during the day and it can be off when you’re gone for days at a time.
Put full loads into your washing machine and dishwasher. Two appliances that tend to use a lot of water are your washing machine and your dishwasher. So, before you decide to run either one, make sure that you have a full load of clothes or dishes inside of them. Oh, and when it comes to drying everything, consider letting your dishes air dry and putting your clothes outside on a line during the spring and summer seasons. It’s just two more ways to cut down on your energy costs.
Conduct an energy audit. Something that essentially every homeowner should do about once a year is conduct an energy audit. That way, by having their home inspected (or inspecting it themselves), they can look to see areas where they might be losing energy without even knowing it. During an energy audit, you should check for cracks in your windows, doors and foundation; you should look for leaks in your plumbing; you should look for signs of wear and tear in your insulation, and you should call a professional technician to check out your HVAC unit in order to keep your AC running at peak efficiency. For more information on how to conduct your own energy audit, visit Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audits” in the search field.