For the most part, energy-efficiency has been promoted as a way to preserve our ecosystem. However, have you given any thought to how an energy-efficient life could benefit you financially and improve your quality of life? It turns out that you can save a lot of money by making a few simple changes around your home. Here are a few ways that you can save on your electricity bills.
1. Unplug Devices
Most people assume that if a device is not powered on then it’s not using electricity. The truth is, whether the device is powered on or not if it’s plugged into the wall then it’s using electricity. This means that your toaster, coffee pot, and blender could all be sucking up energy unnecessarily.
When not in use, make sure that these items are unplugged. If you don’t like the idea of unplugging each of these devices after every use, consider plugging all of them into one power strip. This way you can turn the strip off once you’re done using them.
2. Keep Vents Clean and Open
Sure, you may understand how much of an effect your air conditioner can have on your electricity bill. However, have you checked your vents lately? What a lot of homeowners don’t realize is that when the vents are closed or dusty, it makes the air conditioner work harder than it needs to. And as a result, it will take more energy to cool your home.
Take a walk around your home and examine your vents. Make sure that you open each one. Also, make sure that you do a thorough cleaning of your vents to ensure that there’s no debris blocking the airflow.
3. Plant Trees
It turns out that landscaping can do more than just add curb appeal to your home. It can actually help to keep it cool. This is especially the case when it comes to trees. They shade your home, which makes it easier to keep it cool during those summer months. So when planting your garden, consider planting a tree in an area that faces the sun.
4. Buy Appliances that are Energy Efficient
If you’re in need of a new appliance such as a washer or water heater, make sure that you take the time to comparison shop. While many models claim to do the same thing, not all are energy efficient. This means that even if one has a lower price tag, it may cost you more in the long run. So search for a dishwasher that requires you to use the least water per cycle. Look for a water heater that’s tankless.
5. Replace Your Light Bulbs
If you’ve ever visited the home improvement store, then you know that there’s no shortage of lightbulbs. They come in every shape, size, wattage, and color. However, they can also be differentiated by their energy efficiency. It’s hard to believe that a small lightbulb can be what stands between you and financial security, but this can actually make a huge difference.
Be on the lookout for bulbs that emit the most light and consume the least amount of energy. The two most popular energy-efficient bulbs are CFLs and LEDs. CFLs, or Compact Fluorescent Lamps, have an 8 to 10-year lifespan. LEDs, or Light-Emitting Diodes, consume the least energy and that have a 40 to 50-year lifespan.
6. Insulate Your Home
Have you noticed that no matter what temperature you set your thermostat to your home always feels a little drafty? Well, there’s a good chance you may need to install new insulation. Heat tends to rise to the top and if your attic is not well insulated, the heat may be escaping from there. Luckily roll insulation is pretty affordable and easy to install. Even if you’ve never installed it, a quick search on Google will give you everything you need to know about the process. The five most common types of roll insulation are fiberglass, mineral wool, cellulose, polyurethane foam, and polystyrene.
Saving money on your electricity can be easy if you know which appliances consume the most energy. The less energy they consume, the more you save.
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