The average Nevada home uses over 900 kWh of energy on average each month. That comes to around $110 per month in energy costs. The City of Reno wants all of us to make an effort to reduce our energy usage. They decided to lead by example. That's why they've reduced the energy usage in their facilities by 37% in just the last seven years. That saved taxpayers over $10 million. But, you don't have to spend tons of money to reduce your home's usage. Implement these no cost energy saving tips for Reno homeowners right now. You'll be saving money and energy in no time.
No Cost Energy Saving Tips for Reno Homeowners
Start small. Turn lights off when you exit a room. During the day, open up your curtains and use natural light from outside. Also, the sun provides a free heat source during colder months. On the flip side, keep window treatments closed during cloudy days or after the sun goes down. This helps keep heat at bay during the warmer months and helps keep heat in during the colder months.
Even when they are turned off, your electronics still use energy. Unplug toasters, blenders, coffee machines, etc., when not in use. Don't forget your computer. Set it to "sleep" mode so it shuts down after a certain amount of time. Or, you could go one step further and completely shut it down every day yourself. If you plan on being away for several days on vacation, unplug your TVs, DVRs and DVD players as well as any other electronic devices that you won't be using while you're gone.
Programmable thermostats help Reno homeowners regulate energy use easier. However, you don't have to go out and buy one if you don't want to. Set the temperature gauge between 78F and 80F during warmer months. At night, you can reduce that by 5 degrees. When it gets colder outside, set it between 55F to 60F while you're out. Then, when you return, keep it at a steady 68F. Thrown on a blanket while watching TV. Wear a sweater indoors. Pop on a cozy pair of slippers or fuzzy socks to keep your feet warm.
Yes, you can even save energy usage in the refrigerator. It takes less energy to cool down a full refrigerator or freezer than it does an empty one. Keep your freezer stocked. Use containers filled with water to fill up empty space in the refrigerator. Clean your seals regularly. Vacuum the refrigerator coils at the back of your refrigerator once a month.
Dishwasher/Washer and Dryer
Only run full loads. If your dishwasher uses a filter, check it to make sure it's clean. Clear out the lint trap on your dryer after every use. Use cold water for your clothes whenever possible. Allow dishes to air dry in the dishwasher. Run all these appliances later in the evening, when energy consumption is at its lowest. Consider putting up a clothesline in your backyard. Use the sun's rays to dry your clothes if possible.
By following these no cost energy tips, Reno homeowners can save hundreds of dollars a year. They don't cost any money to do, but they do need you to actually put these tips into practice in order for them to work. Pick a few to start. Then, start adding more and more to your list. Before you know it, your energy usage will decrease while your savings skyrocket. Let's all make an effort to lessen our contribution to global pollution. Our children will thank us.
Originally posted on my Reno real estate blog here: http://www.relocationtoreno.com/2017/10/09/no-cost-energy-saving-tips-for-reno-homeowners/.