Many people don’t realize how much money they can save on their energy bills with just a few lifestyle changes.
Try these energy-saving tips if you’re looking for methods to save money.
MAKE THE SWITCH
Turn appliances and electronics off entirely by disconnecting them whenever possible. Even when switched off, televisions, toasters, lamps, laptops, and more can consume electricity when plugged in.
Consider the Energy Star label when purchasing devices such as a refrigerator, washing machine, or television. As a general rule of thumb, try to stay above four stars, as it will save you money in the long run.
Use a clothesline
Washing clothes in cold water and drying them in the sun whenever feasible is a simple tip.
Unlike dryers, which are costly to the environment and you, the clothesline, sun and wind are free and environmentally friendly. The average running cost of a dryer is between $0.94 and $1.17 per cycle. So whenever you hang your clothes outside, that money goes into your pocket.
Wash a full load
The heating of water consumes roughly 90% of the energy used by a washing machine. Dryers often consume five to ten times the power of a washing machine. Therefore, wait until you have a full load before running your wash and select the shortest possible washing cycles. If you must use the dryer, never overfill it and clean the lint filter after each load.
Front loader vs top loaders
And if you’re looking for a new washing machine, a front loader is the way to go because it consumes 50% less water. While top loaders are still less expensive to purchase, front loaders are less costly to operate since they use less electricity and water.
OPTIMIZED HEATING AND COOLING
Make sure your thermostat is set correctly. Each degree of additional heating or cooling in the winter or summer increases energy usage by roughly 5% to 10%. In the winter, set the temperature to 18 to 20 degrees Celsius, and in the summer, set it to 25 to 27 degrees Celsius.
You can help retain heat by sealing the drafts in your home. Make sure all doors and windows are tightly shut, particularly at night. Most people focus on avoiding air infiltration during the winter months, but it’s equally important throughout the summer because any air leak in your home reduces the performance of your air conditioning system because warm or cooled air is lost. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.
Running a small heater in a large room results in unnecessarily high costs and, in many cases, insufficient heat, so you want to make sure your heater is the right fit for your home. Using these tips will help you keep cool when your energy bills come in.
FRIDGE AND FREEZERS
You might not realize just how much your freezer and refrigerator is costing you to run, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are, however, a few small tips you can use to minimize those costs, such as the simple trick of moving your fridge forward an inch.
Not only do the coils of your fridge need enough space to dissipate heat, but they can also accumulate dust, filth, and grime over time, causing the compressor to have to use twice as much energy to keep up with the work. This is inefficient and unsustainable; that fridge will ultimately break down!
Here are some other small moves that make a big difference to your fridge life and energy consumption:
- Don’t linger with the fridge door open
- Keep food adequately covered to prevent moisture in the fridge
- Don’t overstuff your fridge, or the fans will overwork to keep things cool
- Never put hot food inside your fridge
Using these simple tips, you can save up to $100 a year on your energy bills!
Your water heater is one of your home appliances’ more robust energy consumers. Hence, the two main ways to save on these costs is to take shorter hot showers or install an efficient hot water heating system where feasible.
By upgrading, households can save $300 and more a year on their heating bills.
Insulating your tank and pipes is also a good way of conserving heat so that your system doesn’t have to work so hard to reheat it.
SWITCH TO LED LIGHTING
Energy-efficient globes can help you save up to 80% on lighting expenditures. LED lamps are more energy-efficient and last longer. That means you’ll save money and time by not having to replace them as often.
If the average household replaced ten halogen light bulbs with LEDs, they could expect to save around $650 over ten years on their electricity bill.