If one of your New Year's resolutions is to save money, saving on energy costs can be a great way to do it! There are so many easy ways to save money on energy that you probably aren't doing in your home. Most people know that turning off lights and electronics that aren't in uses is a great way to save energy. But did you know that most electronics are still using electricity, even if they're turned off? Unplug your electronics to keep them from using any electricity. You can also upgrade things in your house to help cut costs. Buying energy efficient electronics and replacing the windows in your house with thicker ones are both things that will save you money in the long run! This holiday is a day to try these things are look for other ways you can cut energy costs in your home!
Tips and tricks on how to save money while eliminating your carbon footprint at the same time
Switch your light bulbs to LED
Install light dimmers
Install adjustable thermostats or floor heating that can be turned on/off in specific rooms
Turn off lights when you aren’t in the room or using them
Unplug unnecessary appliances when you’re not using them i.e. toaster, microwave, coffee pot, hairdryer/hair appliances, electric toothbrushes/razors or chargers of any kind.
Lower your water heater temperature
Turn off the water when you aren’t using it i.e. washing dishes, brushing your teeth
Switch out your refrigerator, toilet washer/dryer, dishwasher and faucets to lower water/electricity use
Consolidate usage of water when running the washer or dishwasher (making sure you are doing full loads instead of multiple small ones)
Other Energy Savers:
Carpool when you are able or do all your errands at once and try and shop locally for everything so you aren’t using your car/gas as much
Don’t buy online unless you are able to reuse/recycle all of those things since lots of water and electricity go into making/bringing you those things
Get annual tune ups on your HVAC system
Use your blinds and curtains, they help with loss of heat throughout your house, also look at your ceiling fans in summer vs winter
Switch energy supplier or find programs that have lower and more consistent cost programs
Author Tip: Find things that you can reuse within your energy sources i.e. the water we use before our shower/bath gets to the right temperature, fill that in a bucket and use it to water plants. Or once a week go without all of those energy using habits and enjoy doing something that doesn’t require those habits.
Make sure to share all your tips/tricks and new hacks with #cutyourenergycostday