Energy-saving will not only save you money but will also improve the value of your property, and contribute to the environment as well. Although you may not feel any direct effect of your contribution to the environment, what you will directly see and feel is the effect of these tips in your monthly electricity bill.
We’ve come up with a mix of both low-cost and other energy-saving tips, which although may not necessarily be cheap investments but are good investments in the long run.
Lighting inside the house is probably one of the most important things that we need in a property. Using LED lights is probably one of the most common energy-saving tips you’ll come across with. Although LED lights are more expensive than incandescent lights, LED lights are more energy-efficient and can produce up light by up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent lights.
If you are someone who is still uncomfortable with switching to LED lights from incandescent lights, then the best way for you to start saving energy on lights is to utilize natural lighting by simply switching off lights unless completely necessary.
Home windows can drastically affect your energy consumption as well. One of the most useful tips in home windows is to use “low-e” or “low emissivity” glass which allows your home stay warmer in winter and colder in summer.
You may also make use of double-pane windows as these were designed to provide better insulation in your home and lessen your energy consumption.
Be Smart in Washing Your Clothes
There are a lot of ways to conserve energy when it comes to washing your clothes. The first low-cost tip to save energy in washing your clothes is to use your clothes washer and dryer at night. This will help your home stay cooler as well as minimize the strain in your power grid as opposed to using it during peak hours.
The second low-cost tip is to use cold water in washing your clothes. Unknown to most, water heating takes up a huge chunk of your total energy consumption. On top of that, clothes washers use more warm water than your shower heater and dishwasher combined so you can only imagine how much energy you can save just by using cold water.
The last low-cost tip is to wash your clothes in big loads. Instead of washing your clothes in loads of three a week, try washing your clothes in bundles of two.
Although buying a new clothes washer can be a tad expensive, the average life expectancy of a clothes washer is ten years which makes it a good investment. Furthermore, most clothes washers produced nowadays can carry bigger loads and are more energy-efficient.
Clean Your Appliances
From your refrigerators to computers, to air conditioners, appliances work better and more efficiently when they are clean. When there are dirt or gunk in your appliances, the appliances will have to work harder to do their job properly which will in return, consume more energy.
On top of using double-paned windows to better insulate your home, there are a number of other tips you can use to insulate your home. The first tip is to air-seal your home by sealing any cracks or holes in your home; this includes sealing-off your chimney if you have one.
Another tip is to try and plant bushes around your home to create a wind-breaker for the walls of your home. If you have an attic, then it’ll also be useful to install attic insulation.
Whether you choose to follow the low-cost tips, invest in some of these tips, or do a mix of both, the important thing is that you follow what is best suited for you and your needs.