Every day countless amounts of energy are released from most every home worldwide. By keeping a few simple energy saving tasks in mind, you can help to keep down the amount of wasted energy. The following includes easy and quick ways to reduce energy created from daily living in your home.
In houses with central air, it is important to only use the air conditioner when completely necessary. Since there is no fear of freezing pipes in the warmer months, having the air conditioner running when no one is home is pointless and wasteful. Turn it off when leaving the house for extended periods of time. In months where it is cooler outside at night, turn off your A/C unit and open the windows to allow cool air in. To save energy in the warmer months, increasing the temperature in your house by even one degree can make a significant impact on energy savings over the long run. An additional tip is to replace your air filter every month; therefore your A/C unit does not have to work harder than necessary and will perform at optimal efficiency. If there are any used rooms in the house, shut off vents running to the room and close the door. On the contrary of Air Conditioning, there is plenty of energy to be saved from running the furnace.
During the colder months, heating a house can become very expensive and hefty in the energy consumption area. Adding and using items like rugs and curtains (that are closed) help to insulate and save heat. Dressing warm with layers of clothes during the winter months helps to keep the overall temperature of the house down. In conjunction with this, turning down the heat during night and using an extra blanket will help to save energy and your pocket. Similar to your use of air conditioning unit, replacing your air filter and shutting of vents to vacant rooms in the house will help. An interesting tip that I’ve seen work well for many people is using shrinkable plastic wrap to insulate your windows. This keeps energy down by not allowing heat to slip through cracks in your windows. Embedded below is an informational video on how to install your insulated windows.
A way to achieve optimal use of your heating and air conditioning is actually found within the direction that your household ceiling fans spin. The direction of airflow corresponds to the season of the year. During colder months, the blades of the fan should operate in a clockwise direction to help push warm air from the ceiling down into the room. In the warmer months, the blades should move counterclockwise in order to create a nice spread out flow of cooler moving air in your house. A switch is typically located towards the top of the fan base that controls the direction of motion.
Another common way that energy is wasted is through use of our household water. Keep an eye on your hot water heater and faucets – every drop of water that comes out when not being used is a waste of energy. Using a low-flow shower-head helps save the amount of water that comes out during showers. Also, take showers– a bath consumes about five times as much hot water as a shower. Be sure to also check your hot water temperature. Anything over 140 degrees Fahrenheit is excessive for showers, dishes, and laundry.
When using laundry machines and dish washers, make sure you always do full loads. Anything less means you’re overusing your machine and energy is constantly escaping. If it is warm out, why not hang your clothes and save the energy of heat? In colder months, use your dryer with consecutive loads to absorb the built-up heat in order to spend less energy. Also keeping the lint trap free of lint is another additional way to have your machine run more efficiently. To the right is a very poor example of keeping your lint trap clean.
Moving on to other appliances–In terms of freezer use, defrosting it regularly will save energy. When ice builds up inside your freezer, it has to use more electricity/energy. A freezer also operates at its optimal levels when it is at least three quarters full.
Tips like these have helped save me energy and also money while living in college housing. By following these tips, the same can be said for you in your own home.