Saturday, August 29, 2015

6 Easy Energy-Saving Tips

Saving energy doesn't have to involve a complete overhaul of your lifestyle. In fact, it can be as simple as buying the right kitchen appliances or changing your everyday laundry habits. If you're ready to start doing your part for the environment, here are just six easy ways to save energy.


1. Stop Adjusting Your Thermostat

Pick a temperature and stick to it. Every time you fiddle with the dial, you're forcing your heater or air conditioner to work that much harder to compensate for your demands. You can save a surprising amount of energy just by setting it to one temperature throughout the day.


2. Block the Sun

Sunlight can be a stifling source of heat, so if your living room doesn't have curtains, blinds or shades, you could be wasting a lot of energy on the A/C when you don't have to be. Throw up some blockage to the sun and see how drastically your home's internal temperature drops.


3. Rethink Your Utility Company

Some energy companies are more eco-friendly than others. Look for brands like Reliant Energy that have committed themselves to energy-saving practices and green business policies. You'll be doing your part for the environment just by choosing the right water or utility provider!


4. Clean Your HVAC Units

This goes for heaters, air conditioners and everything in between. The dirtier their fans and generators, the more power they have to push out to provide the same level of service that you expect. A cleanly-running unit is a much greener one.


5. Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances

Look for the little star that marks an energy-saving appliance. They come on dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines and even shower heads, so there's no excuse for buying something that wastes power and water when there are ready alternatives available.


6. Insulate Your Home

Your attic could be letting in drafts. Your basement could be collecting a chill that permeates all the lower rooms. If you're serious about reducing your home's energy consumption, you'll need to make sure it's insulated against the weather. Full-scale insulation is best, but even a few panels are better than nothing.


These are just a few tips for saving energy. Don't worry if you can't make big, life-altering changes right away. Every little bit counts, and you can build up to a better future through small steps just as easily as large ones.

19 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

All good money saving, planet saving tips.

Maryann D. said...

My husband is always commenting that we do need to save energy, so these are good tips for me. I am currently trying to buy more energy efficient appliances.
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We're one temperature during the day and one at night. Plus we purchased special insulated windows and they made a huge difference. It's really wild to touch the window when it's hot outside, but the windowpane is still cool.

Pat Hatt said...

I don't fiddle, so there is a win, stick it to one and done.

MikiHope said...

Those are all great ideas. Another one is to shut off the lights if you are not in the room and get those new efficiency light bulbs!

Sandee said...

I live in a desert in central California. These are excellent ways to cut the cost of keeping your home cooler.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Blocking out the sun is a big one

Chatty Crone said...

I have done everything but number 5. lol How are you?

Frugal Qponer said...

Always looking for money saving tips....these are some I hadn't thought of. Thanks

~ Noelle said...

I wish I could get Marc to not change the temp.... that would help us so much

Felissa Hadas said...

I need to figure out how to block the sun during the summer from the half circle window above my front door. The "curtain" that was there when I bought the house was ugly and really dirty. I tossed it thinking it would be easy to replace or I could just have the window dark tinted turns out that is a great solution for the day time but at night it means that it would let people see right inside unless I double tinted.

Theresa Mahoney said...

We keep our blinds closed for most of the afternoon. It really does help keep the house much cooler when the sun isn't beating through the windows.

Sue Lau said...

These are all very good ideas for helping people think of ways to save on their utility bills and energy costs.

mykidsguide said...

These are very helpful tips to save money on energy bills. We are also starting to change some of our appliances to energy efficient ones.

Esme Sy said...

I could really use some of these tips especially this coming season. Thanks for sharing them!

Nikki said...

What a brilliant idea!! I didn't know about this tips. This is really helpful thanks a lot for sharing us.

Stephanie Pass said...

These are good tips. I've found using a WIFI enabled thermostat is amazing when it comes to savings.

Manu Kalia said...

I have always wanted to buy an Energy-Efficient Appliances. I'm glad you open this up. Thank you

Rose-Marie said...

these are all good suggestions. Where I am they installed new energy efficient windows, and it has saved quite a bit in heating costs.