HOW TO CUT DOWN YOUR ENERGY USE
One of the biggest misnomers people have is that green living means cutting down all of life’s comforts. The reality is that simple and small changes can make a big impact on the energy use in your home. And while we are on the subject, spring is a great time for you to think about making changes to your energy usage patterns.
CLOSE THE WINDOW BLINDS
Start with the basics, for example, if you close the window blinds during the day – particularly on the west and south-facing side of your home – it will limit the amount of heat from the sun that gets into your home. You will be able to save over 15 percent of your summer cooling costs. If you want to take it a step further, you can add awnings, storm panels, and reflective shutters or films to make the room more energy efficient.
UNPLUG YOUR POWER DEVICES
Almost all electrical devices are energy vampires – they suck power even when they are turned off. Consider a normal cell phone charger; it draws close to 0.25 watts even when it is not attached to a phone. Just multiply that number by all the appliances and electronics that are left plugged in and you will get an idea of the amount of energy that is wasted every day. By unplugging all the devices, you will be able to reduce your energy use and save at least ten percent of your energy bills. You can also think about going for an Eco-friendly power strip like the Smart Strip. This device automatically cuts the power to appliances and electronics when you are not using them.
MAINTAIN THE AIR CONDITIONER
If you replace or clean the dirty filters in your air conditioner, it will help you a lot on saving money on your energy bills. You also have to ensure that the returns and vents are cleaned and free of any obstructions. Last but not the least, make sure that the condenser is cleaned and is not clogged with dirt or leaves. Replacing or cleaning dirty filters can cut down your energy bills by at least six percent. Remember to get a certified technician to clean and inspect your system at least once every year.
This is a simple habit that has far reaching impacts. You will save the landfill space, cut the production of methane in the atmosphere and manufacture the perfect fertilizers for your own garden. You can do all of this, with absolutely zero investment. The Environment Protection Agency has a very useful guide to help you get started. All you have to do is just get yourself a composting bin at a garden center or a home store.
TURN UP YOUR THERMOSTAT
Find out what temperature works best for you. A couple of degrees can make a lot of difference to your energy bills without sacrificing your comfort. Make use of ceiling fans to circulate the air better it makes rooms more comfortable and cool even when the thermostat setting is relatively high. Doing this, you will be able to save close to 50 percent of your summer cooling energy expenses. With that, it will also extend the life of your air conditioner. It can be a good idea to get a programmable thermostat while you are at it to keep your house warm and save energy while you are away from home.
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