I'm working on finishing up my Ecobroker course this month so I thought I'd share some of the simple things that I'd never thought of. It's freezing cold here in Blowing Rock so I'm taking in all of the energy saving tips I can get to heat out house effectively.
Did you know that a comfortable humidity level in your home is around 50%. Because the water particles in the air actually conduct heat better, it's more efficient to heat your home if you don't let it get too dry in the winter.
Did you know that heating and cooling a home accounts for almost half of the homes energy bills.
Did you know that dark colored houses conduct the suns heat while light colored houses actually reflect more of the heat away.
Did you know that a grass covered lawn is actually around 10 degrees cooler in the summer. On the other hand, planting plants too close to the house can actually trap heat and make the air around the house even warmer.
Did you know that placement is extremely important in regards to your appliances. Don't place your refrigerator next to anything that puts out heat, even a window.
Did you know that front loading washing machines use 1/3 of the water of other models. They also spin faster to dry the clothes more therefore resulting in much shorter drying time which also saves energy.
Did you know that self cleaning ovens are more insulated and therefore save energy resulting in lower utility bills.
Did you know that some of the "phantom" appliances that use energy even when they're turned off include your tv, vcr, cell phone chargers and really anything that has an internal clock, timer or memory.
These are just a few fun facts, I'll post again as I learn more.
Do you have any lesser known energy saving tips? Please feel free to comment.