Energy efficiency has become a significant topic of discussion recently; particularly in relation to climate change. Impacting climate change is a long-term issue, but we can all conserve energy. There are even a few solutions we can employ in our homes to make them more energy-efficient. The benefit of doing so is not merely lessening your carbon footprint, but also lowering your electricity bill.
Unplug Electronic Devices
Most homes contain multiple electronic devices these days. Whether it’s a Smartphone or a laptop, you most likely have a device plugged in at this very moment. While it may be necessary to ensure your devices are fully charged, you can still unplug them during peak hours. Peak hours are the times throughout the day when power demand is at its highest — at the very least, unplugging your chargers when not in use can help to conserve energy.
Choose Energy Efficient Appliances
Older model appliances tend to waste more energy. Often, modern appliances are more energy-efficient. Purchasing energy-efficient appliances does require an initial investment; however, certified Energy Star appliances can pay for themselves in savings. Not to mention, lower your overall energy consumption.
Install Ceiling Fans
Air conditioners can put a significant strain on the electrical grid. One way to increase their energy-efficiency is to use a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can lower home temperatures significantly. Even when your air conditioner is on, using a ceiling fan will reduce your energy consumption by lowering the temperature several degrees. Thus, your air conditioner won’t need to work as hard or draw as much energy.
Install Smart Thermostats
Being able to program your thermostat based on your comfort level is only one significant benefit of Smart thermostats. Using a smart thermostat is a great way to make sure the temperature isn’t higher or lower than necessary. Smart devices can adjust temperatures based on the usage patterns of your family. At times when your family is typically out of the home, such as weekdays, the temperature will adjust to ensure energy isn’t being wasted.
Seal Gaps and Cracks
Lack of proper insulation as well as gaps and cracks around the windows and doors of your home wastes energy. These issues have the most significant impact during the peak months of summer and winter when air conditioning and heating systems see the most use. Sealing gaps and cracks in your windows and doors as well as ensuring your home is adequately insulated can reduce energy costs up to 10%.
Whether making your home more energy-efficient is motivated by a personal desire to lower your energy consumption or save on your utilities, there are many ways to conserve.