It never fails. Every time we walk to our mailbox and pull out our monthly electricity bill, there is a part of us who vows that this month, we’ll do better when it comes to how we use the energy in our homes. And while most of us would like to follow through with that commitment, the reality is that many of us simply don’t realize that there are some really simple things that can be done to manage the way we consume energy at our house.
Do you want to know what you can do to decrease the amount of money you pay for energy on a monthly basis? If so, just follow these five tips below. In a matter of weeks, we guarantee you’ll see a decrease.
Perform an energy audit. Sometimes we’re using up energy that we’re not even aware we’re spending due to leaks in our plumbing or cracks near our windows and doors. Although you can call a professional to come out and conduct an energy audit for you, there are also some websites that will take you through the steps in order to perform one yourself. One of those websites is The Daily Green. Just got to the site and put “DIY Home Energy Audit” in the search field.
Use your ceiling fans. When the rooms in our homes are feeling warmer (or sometimes even cooler) than we would like, it’s usually our natural instinct to simply turn our thermostat up. But did you know by simply turning on your ceiling fan, you can adjust the temperature in our house by a few degrees, keep the air circulating and use less energy in the process? This means less money spent in the long run.
Air dry your dishes and your clothes. Two appliances that tend to use up quite a bit of electricity are our dishwashers and dryers. Well, aside from the fact that you might want to consider purchasing some Energy Star appliances (because they reportedly use 30-40 percent less energy), something else that you might want to do is start air drying your dishes and clothes. When it comes to the dishes, you can simply leave them in the dishwasher until they are dry. When it comes to your clothes, during the spring and summer months, make a line that you can hang some of your clothes on. Sure, it’s a bit old-fashioned, but it’s another smart way to use less electricity within the home.
Have you HVAC unit serviced. When it comes to improving indoor air quality, two things that you can do is open up your windows during the evening and purchase a couple of indoor plants such as a Boston Palm or English Ivy. But, if you want to make sure that your HVAC unit is working at its optimal level, remember to change your filters every 90 days and to also have your unit professionally serviced once a year. When your HVAC is running well, that can save you money too.
Change your window treatments. Speaking of doing things to keep your HVAC from overworking, something else that can help to keep the temperature in your home a comfortable one is changing your window treatments. By installing some wooden blinds or purchasing some thermal drapes, you will be able to keep the extreme heat or cold from coming into various rooms of your house. The awesome thing about this particular tip is that you can find blinds at your local home improvement store and the curtains at your local Target or Wal-Mart for a really economical price. It’s just one more reason to commit to being more energy efficient at home.