If you recently looked at your energy bills and you thought to yourself, “I’ve got to find a way to get decrease these costs”, you’re in luck. Over the course of the next few minutes, we’re actually going to share with you some helpful tips on how you can effectively (and permanently) reduce your home energy usage. That way, you’ll find yourself spending less money on energy costs so that you can put the money that you save towards other things.
Check out these great ideas below:
Use natural light more. One of the best ways to conserve energy inside of your home is to use less overhead lighting and instead, rely more on the natural light that your windows provide. By doing this, not only will you see a significant decrease in your energy costs, but it’s also an effective way to get a bit more Vitamin D in the process too. A simply way to get more natural light is by opening up your window treatments; however, if you’d like to get a bit more privacy, you can also have the windows professionally tinted. That way, you can look outside of them without worrying about who may be trying to look into them in the process. (Oh, and when you do need overhead lighting, use LED light bulbs. They’ll save you at least 20 percent in energy costs.)
Install a smart home automation system. Something else that you can do to help reduce the amount of energy that you use is install a smart home automation system into your house. The reason why we think this is such an awesome idea is because the system is designed for you to be able to operate and monitor everything from your thermostat and house alarm to your faucets and entertainment system, all from the convenience of a handy remote. That way, should you forget to turn something on or off, you can control it whether you’re home or away.
“Time” what you are using. Honestly, there’s probably no telling how many of us have wasted money on our energy bills simply because we were in the shower longer than we needed to be or we let our dryer run for longer than what was actually necessary. Something that you can do to break this kind of habit is to actually set a timer for when you’re in the shower and for while you’re drying your clothes. For instance, when it comes to your clothing, set the dryer on high for 10 minutes and then set the timer. If the clothes are almost dry after that time, then you probably only need to run the dryer for five more minutes.
Unplug what you don’t need. Say that you have a noisy air conditioner. There’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to turn it off or perhaps even unplug it until you are able to get a licensed technician to check it out, right? But what about your lamps, computer and cell phone chargers? Do you think to unplug those items as well when you’re done using them? By making a point to unplug whatever it is that you don’t need, you are able to save a few extra dollars in the process. And that’s always a good thing. For more information on how to be more energy conscious, visit The Daily Green.