If there’s one thing that makes our lives a lot easier, it would have to be our electricity and water. We can walk into our homes and simply turn on a switch for light. When we need to wash some dishes or our hands, we can simply turn on a faucet in our bathroom or kitchen. And when we’re ready to watch a little bit of television or get on our computers to surf the internet, all we have to do is plug them into the closest outlet.
In fact, the only really downside of having energy in our homes is how much our bills can sometimes cost. But, if you’d like a few tips on how you can better conserve energy in order to reduce your expenses, please keep reading. We are about to share with you five smart home energy conservation strategies that can save you a significant amount on your electricity and water bills below:
Conduct an energy audit. One of the biggest oversights that homeowners make is failing to conduct an energy audit on an annual basis. However, by doing one, it can reveal to you if you have any water leaks, if you need to add more insulation to your attic (or basement) and even if your appliances are working efficiently. You could hire a professional energy auditor to do the audit for you or you can conduct one for free yourself by going to The Daily Green and putting “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Use a smart home automation system. Speaking of smart home strategies, if you haven’t done any research on smart home automation systems, we definitely recommend that you consider doing so. These are relatively new forms of technology that lets you control things like your faucets, electronics and even your house alarm from the convenience of a remote control; even if you’re out of town.
Monitor your hot water usage. Something else that you can do to conserve energy is to monitor how much hot water you use. You can time your showers. You can wash your clothes in warm water. You can install a tankless water heater. You can also set your water heater to 120 degrees. All of these things will help to reduce how much you spend on our monthly water bills.
Cook differently. When it comes to saving energy in your kitchen, there are some things that you can do as well. For one thing, don’t preheat your oven unless your recipe calls for it. Secondly, thaw out your foods in a bowl of water rather than relying on your microwave to do it. And finally, you might want to consider not solely relying on your stove or oven to cook everything. You can use less energy with a crockpot or electric fryer instead.
Open up your windows. If you’re someone who happens to be super reliant on your HVAC unit and you notice a burning smell from your furnace , you should contact a professional HVAC technician. In the meantime, something that you can do to clear out the air is to open up your windows. In fact, during the spring and fall season, that’s something that you should consider doing more anyway. It increases the natural air circulation inside of your home without you having to spend more money by turning on your central heat and air. For more information on how to increase air circulation, visit Green Home Guide and put “improve home’s indoor air quality” in the search field.