August 24, 2015 by miketurner
Ways To Save Energy In Your Home
Many people don’t appreciate how easy and economical it is to operate their homes on less energy. You can enjoy drastic reductions in electricity cost through simple changes that you can do on your own. The following is a close look at top energy saving tips that will significantly lower your utility bill, reduce global warming and fight air pollution.
Switch it off
Always turn your appliances off when you are done using them. Running your desktop throughout can consume electricity worth $150 over five years, which is thrice the amount you would pay it is turned off when not in use. So, make sure all your appliances from TVs to game consoles, computers, lights and devices are turned off when not in use.
Taking control of your temperature involves setting your thermostat accordingly and using sunlight accordingly. You can lower your energy usage by doing the following;
Set your thermostat: During winter, set it to 68 degrees and below during daytime and 55 degrees when you are away from home or when going to sleep. You may also set it to 77 degrees or more during summer to lower heating and cooling cost. Additionally, you can set the thermostat between 130 and 120 degrees since higher set-points will increase your utility bills and may result in hot water that may scald your fingers.
Use sunlight wisely: Leave the blinds and shades open on sunny days, but remember to close them at night during the heating season. This makes your house warmer during the day and reduces heat loss at night through windows.
Use appliances efficiently
Electronics and appliances account for twenty percent of household energy bills. Using these appliances responsibly will lower down your energy usage and utility bill as outlined below;
Dishwashers: It is not necessary to pre-wash your dishes to get them clean. Scrape off food and put the dishes into the washer. Only wash full loads using short cycles except for the dirtiest dishes. This saves water and the energy required to pump and warm it. You can also try air-drying if you have time to lower energy usage further.
Ovens: Don’t preheat the interior of your oven more than necessary since it lets out all the heat and increases the cooking time and energy. Additionally, check the seal of the oven and use a microwave to cook or re-heat small items.
Refrigerators: Set the temperature of your refrigerator at 38-42 degrees Fahrenheit and freezer at 0-5 degrees. Use the power-saving switch if the fridge has one and ensure the doors are sealed tightly.
Washing machines: Set the proper water level for your load, wash and rinse in the cold. Operating your washing machine in the cold may help you save up to 50-cents a load. Use hot water for the dirtiest loads only and use the highest spin speed to remove moisture and reduce the energy and time needed to dry your clothes.
It is clear that there are very many things that you can do to significantly save energy usage in your home. The above tips are ideal regardless of whether you are thinking to switch to solar power. They will help you reduce your energy consumption which means you will need to produce lower solar energy which is less expensive to set-up.