Whether or not you’re concerned about switching to renewable energy, one thing is certain: the cost of energy has been getting higher, and with temperatures soaring at extreme ends, keeping your home’s energy usage at a minimal is optimum, even if you don’t have a care about living green. Fortunately, we live in a more technologically advanced world, one where proper insulation of the home can easily drop your energy bills, whether or not you choose eco-friendly alternatives. Here are some tips on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency, without necessarily breaking the bank.
Step 1: Find Out What Consumes the Most Energy
While blindly switching out your bulbs to energy savers might cut some costs in the long term, you’ll still receive high energy bills if you don’t cut down the biggest energy leakages. You can get an energy auditor, or install an energy sensor – whichever’s cheaper. If you’re opting for cost free, government estimates that most homes spend more on cooling or heating. So, if you want energy efficiency in your home, ensure proper insulation in these areas.
Step 2: Be Energy Conscious Before Spending
Some insulation tips to cut down energy costs are FREE, so before you even start buying any new appliance do some of them. They include:
– Proper window and door insulation. About one-third of your home’s heat is lost through windows, doors and even through the attic. One cost free way to keep your heating bill low is to always seal them properly before turning up the heater. Use curtains in your windows, seal the cracks and edges or, if you can afford it, install special linings on the windows that limit energy loss.
– Be conscious about leaving the bulbs and your thermostat on while you’re away. While going to the bathroom might seem like a short time to even consider turning off your bulbs, installing a sensor (if you can’t develop the habit) can drastically lower your bill, as the sensor will turn off or reduce energy expenditure when it can’t sense any human being.
– If you do laundry at home, being conscious about things like using high temperatures while washing, and switching to air-drying can really cut down your energy spending.
Step 3: Go Green
It doesn’t have to be for the whole house, but replacing some items in the home can drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency. You can start with a few of the following:
– Switch to LEDs. About 11% of energy budget goes to lighting. No one’s asking you to live in the dark (though you can use natural sunlight when its available), just that traditional bulbs only use 10% of the energy consumed to provide light. LEDs use between 50 to 75% of energy consumed to generate light, they consume even less, and they last way longer than incandescent bulbs.
– Use electronics and appliances responsibly. If you can switch to ceiling or standing fans, they’re a much better energy alternative to air conditioners. Keep your freezers away from stoves because keeping them close to each other will force the cooler to use more energy to function.
– For appliances that can’t help but consume energy, develop a habit of unplugging them when not in use, or buy sensors to turn everything off when it doesn’t detect motion.
Some insulation in the home can be cheap or even free as long as you’re willing to cultivate an energy saving habit, but to see real energy costs cut down, try going green on a few things.