When the the thought of less energy consumption comes to mind, people usually tie that with less usage, and less freedom to use your devices and tools as you see fit. However, that's simply not the case! There's an advantageous turnaround that comes with using less energy and that's simply put; Money.
Although that might be the primary reason for people applying less energy consumption, there are other reasons someone might consider doing so. Including:
- Federal, State, Utility and Local Jurisdictions that provide financial incentives like
- The provided comfort that less energy uses (heated systems causing a home to become hotter than usual)
- Climate Change... who doesn't support that?!
- Reduction in Pollution.
Here are 5 easy ways you can save energy and money on your home:
1) What are better ways to heat and cool your home?
Consider installing a programmable thermostat (such as Nest®) to offer scheduled thermostat changes. Another option is ceiling fans as an alternative to air conditioners. Finally, replace air filters periodically, as less filtrates will enter your home allowing your air-conditioner to operate at a normal level and not accelerated.
2) Use appliances and electronics at a moderate pace.
Well, if we aren't all at some point a victim to continuous abuse of our incredible modern devices. Sometimes, we can get so dedicated that we fall into a sense of neglect when using our convenient tools. On average, the power consumption in homes in regards to appliances and electronics is 20%! Wow! If you're really into computers or media devices, then you're looking at a much higher percent. Here are some tips to refrain from overconsumption:
- Unplug chargers if they are not in use, they will utilize a small amount of energy over an extended period that will add up like an avalanche!
- Consider using ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and electronics. They're approved by the US Department of Energy.
- Shut off computers or media devices when you are not using them! A clear sign of neglect that could save you money by just pressing a single button..
3) Cook in a less.... costly manner.
Believe it or not, but cooking is a huge factor in energy consumption. Convection and Conventional ovens differ in more than their functionality. The energy consumption from convection ovens are actually 20% less than conventional, and this is due to the fan system that circulates the food rather than using heated plates. Cover your pots and pans! You'll allow the heat to distribute quicker and evenly, saving time and money. Consider using a pressure cooker as well, they dramatically reduce cooking time. Food placement in the oven is, surprisingly, another detail that can affect energy consumption. Put it in the top of the rack, this is where you'll receive the quickest heating time.
4) Insulate Windows and Doors
Now get ready for a scary statistic. About one-third of the home's total heat loss is due to windows and doors behind left open or having certain spaces that allow heat to leave. So what's the next step for solving this concerning issue? First option, the cheapest, is to seal all window edges and cracks with rope caulk. Not too bad, right? Repair and replace any damaged windows, and consider installing storm windows (for single panes). Once you've taken care of these problems, you'll have noticed a change in your electric bill.
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