Many people want to know how they can save money at home; they want to know what household tips and tricks will lower their energy costs throughout the year. Fortunately, there is a myriad of home energy saving tips that will have you well on your way to lowering your electric bill within the first month of utilizing these five energy saving tips.
1. Turn Off Lights
When you exit a room, turn off the lights. When no one is in a room it is a waste of energy to leave the lights on; even if it is dark outside. Additionally, by opening the blinds and/or curtains during the day, you won’t need to use your lights in the house until it is dark outside, which will save you an abundance of money on your energy bill.
2. Use Heat Wisely
One way to save money and energy at home is to use your heat wisely. For example, when you are cooking a meal you can cover pots with their appropriate lids. This helps food to cook faster, which means you will use less energy to cook when you are able to turn off the oven and burners more quickly. This reduces the amount of energy you use by as much as one third.
3. Energy Efficient Appliances
When you purchase appliances for your home you should always purchase ones with an energy efficiency label. These utilize less energy than other models, which saves energy and money on your electric bill. Additionally, you can also use light bulbs that have less wattage, which will work just as efficiently but will save your home’s energy and your money at the same time.
4. Keep the Thermostat Stationary
Many people are hot and then cold; and this leads to them changing the temperature on their thermostat on a regular basis. By finding a happy temperature during the winter and another during the summer, you can reduce the electricity and energy used in your home by a significant amount.
For example, setting your thermostat to 75 all year long, whether it is on the heat or the air, you will keep your house at a constant temperature and use less energy than you would by changing it to suit your every individual mood throughout the day. When you go on vacation or are not home during the day, consider turning your air or heat off completely or at least up so that it keeps the house relatively comfortable without running all day long to keep it very cool or very warm for people that are not currently present.
5. Enjoy the Outside Weather
When the weather is lovely, forget the air conditioner or heat. By cracking a window just a little on a cold day, your house will remain a comfortable temperature throughout the day. The air from the window will keep the air cool while the heat from the sun coming through the glass will make it feel warmer. Together, this is a perfect mixture. Additionally, when the weather is nice during the spring or fall, opening windows and letting in the crisp, cool air and the breeze means you won’t need to use your air conditioner and you will save a lot of money and a lot of energy.
Saving energy is good for both your pocketbook and the environment. Energy saving tips help to keep your home comfortable, and your life more efficient while saving money on your electric bill each month. These small changes in your daily lifestyle will add up and eventually you will realize you are saving a significant amount of money each month.