Friday, May 30, 2014
Saving energy saves twice over - you save the earth by using fewer resources and save money by cutting down on your household energy costs.
You can start using less power by implementing a few small changes in and around your home. Here are a few tips that can help you start saving energy today.
Change your light bulbs
By changing your light bulbs from the traditional incandescent types to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), you’ll use 75 percent less energy and get a light bulb that lasts even longer. This is one of the cheapest and most effective changes you can make in your house when it comes to saving energy.
In addition to this, minimize the use of your electrical lighting and take advantage of natural light during the daytime - turn off the lights as you leave the room and open the curtains in rooms that get lots of sunlight.
Stationary and ceiling fans help cool rooms by up to four degrees, allowing you to cut back on how often you use your air conditioner, or even raise the thermostat.
For every degree you raise your thermostat, you can reduce energy costs by up to 10 percent. But remember to turn off the fans when you leave the room - they only cool people, not spaces.
Make sure your insulation leaks as little as possible, and make sure the windows are properly sealed. Leaks in insulation or poor window seals can greatly increase your energy costs by allowing heat out, forcing your heater to work harder, or letting heat in thereby forcing your air conditioner into overdrive.
According to the US Department of Energy, 75 percent of the energy used by the average home's electronic devices is consumed when the devices are switched off. A simple fix for this is to unplug devices when they are not being used, and a simple power strip can make that even simpler with individual switches for each device's plug.