We are so often warned about the limited energy resources that we have almost begun to take it for granted. However, remember that being eco-friendly is great both for your conscience, and your wallet. Therefore, let’s see how you can easily turn your place from an energy-guzzling space into an eco-friendly home.
When determining the temperature in your home during the cold months, it would be wise to lower it by a degree or two. It may seem like a negligible difference since you won’t be much colder due to an alternation of two degrees, but your heating bill will show you just how much you are wrong. This will nicely add up over the year.
In addition, don’t forget to dress for the occasion – if it’s cold outside, don’t pretend it’s summertime by wearing shorts and tops inside your home. Dress appropriately, as switching from super hot to extremely cold is far from recommendable.
By replacing (all) old incandescent light bulbs with brand new LED lights you’re doing an extremely important thing for your home. The latter are much more durable, emit less heat, and use an amazingly low amount of energy for the increased number of light hours. In addition, do install motion controlled lights outside your house. There is no need for the lights to be on all the time.
Your front door is probably increasing your curb appeal and it is of high quality, but what about the door leading to your garage? A garage is always cooler than the rest of the home, yet if the door to it isn’t properly sealed, then it’s no wonder your bills are high. What is more, you had better have a modern garage door which keeps the cold and heats away from the interior.
Keep it full
When you’re using some appliances which are extremely energy consuming, such as the dishwasher, dryer and washing machine, do take care that they are operating only when they are fully loaded. Namely, there is no difference in energy consumption between a washing machine which is fully loaded and the one that is using only 50% of its capacity.
When you know that your old clothes dryer needs the same amount of energy as the fridge, washing machine and dishwasher combined, you will seriously reconsider buying a new one.
Good old insulation
We can’t discuss energy conservation without mentioning the insulation. The most obvious solution is one of the priciest, but it needn’t be. You can sometimes insulate the walls and floors by yourself, just remember to do the same with the attic. The roof and attic are often overlooked, even though this is one huge space we are talking about.
One and only
Why do you let energy vampires reside in your home? See if you can unplug all those idle mobile phone chargers (from all family members), and have one powerstrip for several devices. Just imagine how much of your gadgets are on standby, with the energy disappearing into the thin air.
Seal the leaks
This calls for a close inspection. Look for any clues of draught and energy being sucked out of your home. Get down to some DIY caulking, and your home will be as warm/cool as it should be, without a massive utility bill.
We simply have to preserve one of the vital resources on the planet: water. There are lots of ways to do so, from fixing your taps, to opting for low-flow toilets. Moreover, you could install a smart shower head which is programmed to use a limited amount of water.
Pick the colour
Believe it or not, but the colour of your roof has quite an impact on the energy used for cooling your home. White roofs are said to save up to 30% of the energy used for maintaining the right temperature in summer.
There you have it – 10 different ways in which you could conserve the energy and help save our planet, increase the curb appeal and save on utility bills. Most of them are quite affordable, too. So, what are you waiting for? Get down to business and start saving energy right this moment!