At some point along the way, we’ve been told from either the government, media sources or our peers that it’s important to save energy. Although we’ve heard it’s important, have you ever wondered why energy efficiency is so important? As a short answer, energy conservation not only helps maintain a healthy environment, but it also saves you money. When you conserve energy within your home, you are not only protecting the environment that you live in, but you are protecting your wallet as well. Using an abundance of energy in your home creates an added expense for your family, and that same money could be used for family fun and recreation. With that said, here are some helpful tips to save energy around the house and keep your extra funds reserved for, well, FUN!
- Unplug devices and appliances when not in use. Did you know that even when they’re turned off, your devices and appliances continue to use up energy, which, in turn, ends up costing you money? To prevent this from happening, try unplugging your appliances and devices when they’re not in use. A power strip can also be a helpful tool to help you turn off multiple devices at once. Putting in the extra effort to unplug your appliances will be worthwhile when you see your next electricity bill!
- Use a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats work by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature to your schedule, keeping it comfortable only when you need it to be. If you don’t already adjust your thermostat throughout the day, a programmable thermostat could save you as much as 15 percent on heating and cooling costs. And remember: always turn down your thermostats when you are on vacation!
- Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes. Did you know that it takes the same amount of energy to wash a small load as it does a full one? So why not save time and electricity by running full loads? Washing one large load of laundry will take less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting. So always load the dishwasher or washing machine to capacity when possible.
- Turn off lights! It sounds so simple, but it will make a huge difference in your electricity bill. Not only will turning off the lights save you money and energy, but it will also prevent your bulbs from burning out fast. With no cost and very little effort, it’s an easy way to help maintain a healthy home environment!
- Replace your incandescent light bulbs with CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights). In the long run, these bulbs will save you energy AND money. A CFL typically can last for about 8,000 hours, while an ordinary bulb only lasts about 900. Not only are these bulbs more energy-efficient, but they are also said to outperform an ordinary light bulb by more than thirty times.
Being more conscious about your overall energy use in the home is a great way to help the environment, and help boost your finances, too! Have your family try the simple tips shown above and see how much energy and money you could save in your home.