Save Electricity, Save the Planet: How to Save Energy at Home
Saving energy at home is not just a concern for environmentalists. Due to the rising costs of electricity, it’s in your best interest to start saving, too. Here are a number of tips to help you get started on your quest.
- Turn off and unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Some appliances continue to consume energy even when they’re turned off, as long as they’re plugged in. Hence, to make sure that no energy is wasted, unplug everything! Finding it troublesome to unplug appliances one-by-one? Then just use a power strip, so you’d only have to remove one plug when not in use.
- Don’t forget to turn off the lights. According to the International Dark-Sky Association, around one-third of all lighting in the US is wasted, amounting to 2 billion USD. So the next time you leave a room, keep that figure in mind; you’ll surely remember to shut off the lights.
- Adjust the thermostat. A house that’s too hot or cold can waste energy. The Department of Energy advises that keeping the temperature at 68°F during waking hours in winter, and even lower when you’re asleep or outside the house, can save up to 15% on your annual heating bill. Meanwhile, for summer, the DOE advises the temperature to be set at 78°F while you’re at home.
- Employ proper refrigerator maintenance. Like the thermostat at home, a refrigerator and freezer set at the wrong temperatures can waste energy. Refrigerator temperature should be at 38 to 42°F, while a freezer should have a temperature from 0-5°F. And make sure to clean the coils and defrost regularly—thick ice and dirt can reduce the efficiency of the cooling mechanism, and hence leads to greater energy consumption.
- Make a shift to LED bulbs. While they’re usually around the same price or a bit more expensive than CFL lights, they consume less electricity and last longer. They are also brighter than CFLs.
- Choose energy-saving appliances. When shopping for gadgets or appliances, put a higher premium on those with energy-saving features. While some of them may be expensive at first, the investment is worth it, as you can recover the cost from the savings in your electricity bill.
- Check if your house is properly insulated and ventilated. One reason why people turn the thermostat up (or down) is that their houses are not properly insulated or ventilated. Consult a professional for advice on improving your house’s heating and cooling.
For advice to improve a house’s insulation, heating, and cooling for maximum energy savings, homeowners in Connecticut can contact Climate Partners. Call us at 203-457-8581 for a free estimate. Or, contact us here at our Contact page!