If the last time you looked at your energy bill you thought to yourself, “I’ve got to find a way to get these charges down”, then this is the right article for you. Being that we know what it’s like to have a tight budget we are always looking for ways to save on expenses. And so, we spent some time looking for some practical ways to conserve energy at home. Ones that are quick, easy and effective too.
Conduct an energy audit. There are a lot of us who waste energy without even knowing it simply because there are small holes or cracks along our windows or doors that we are unaware of, our appliances are not working as effectively as they should or we have a water leak somewhere in our house. Something that can help you to discover all of these things is an energy audit. You can hire someone to do it for you or you can save a few dollars and do it yourself. One website that can walk you through the process is The Daily Green. Simply go to the website and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.
Use more natural lighting. If you happen to work from home during the day, be cautious about turning on overhead lighting when you don’t actually need it. By opening up your curtains or blinds, you’ll be able to get plenty of natural light (and Vitamin D) that can prevent you from relying so much on lighting that is generated by electricity.
Turn on your ceiling fans. During the summer and winter months, something that can help to keep the temperature in the various rooms of your home more comfortable is if you turn on your ceiling fan. In the summertime, simply turn it on and in the winter, by setting it to rotate in the counterclockwise position, it will pull the heat that has risen to the ceiling down closer to where you are. Both ways, you can alter the temperature in your house by as much as 5-7 percent.
Install a low-flow showerhead. Conserving energy is not just about saving money on your electricity bills. It’s also about looking for ways to reduce your water expenses too. One of the most effective ways to do that is by installing a low-flow showerhead. Being that it saves you dozens of gallons of water each day, you will start to see a reduction in your water bills within the first few weeks of having one installed.
Have your HVAC unit professionally inspected. Another way to conserve energy is to have a licensed HVAC technician come out to your home. Not only can they help you to learn more about heating and air conditioning but they can inspect your unit to make sure that it’s working at an optimal level too. This is a really smart thing to do during the spring and fall months as you head into the summer and winter seasons. For information on how to find a reputable HVAC technician, visit Angie’s List and put “tips for hiring an HVAC technician” in the search field.