Saving energy is a great habit you can learn. Like any healthy practice, getting started takes an initial commitment. Just as physical exercise benefits your body, living greener and learning how to save energy at home lets you flex your energy saving muscle and trim your utility bill.
If you didn’t realize it, your television DVR device is still using about two-thirds of the electricity on “standby” mode as it does when it’s on. If you’re not ready to give up your favorite programming, you should consider other energy saving habits to make up for the wasted electricity. Here are five quick ways to save energy:
Turn Off the Juice
One way to save energy is to practice flipping the switch every time you exit a room. You might also want to consider installing motion-sensing switches or timers that automatically turn off the lights so your kids don’t “forget” when they leave the room.
Turn Off and Unplug
Many appliances, even when they’re in off mode, can thwart your efforts to save since they continue to pull electricity from the outlet. Unplug coffeepots, stereos, computer printers, DVD players, etc. when not in use. Adding a power strip eliminates the trouble of unplugging and lets you power down several electronics at once.
Don’t Be a Drip
Too often we take water for granted. While water doesn’t always involve electricity consumption in your home, the plants that treat and filter your water do. So don’t leave water running when you brush your teeth. Keep those showers short and install a low-flush toilet. This should help lower your water bill as well. Take a look at our water conservation tips to get the stats.
Make Little Adjustments
Another important home energy saving tip is to set your thermostat to 78oF when you’re home in summer, and turn it up to 82oF when you leave the house. When you’re in the room, use ceiling and oscillating fans to circulate the air and cool down instead of using your air conditioner. Turn your refrigerator thermostat up a couple of degrees (no higher than 40oF) and your water heater thermostat down a few – every little bit means extra savings in your pocket.
Make Big Adjustments
When you’re in the market for new appliances, look for the government endorsed ENERGY STAR® label. These appliances can save you up to 30% annually – an average of $700 – on your utility bill. From computers to appliances, light bulbs to windows, you’d be surprised how many products have an ENERGY STAR® qualified alternative.
What home energy saving tips and tricks can you suggest to help cut back on utility bills? Tell us your success story.