It’s no surprise that energy costs money, yet some people greet their bills each month with shock when they see precisely how much their power consumption is costing them
What should you do?
1. Adjust your day-to-day behaviours
To reduce energy consumption in your home, you do not necessarily need to go out and purchase energy efficient products. Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. You can also use energy-intensive appliances less by performing household tasks manually.
There are tools you can use to figure out where most of your electricity is going in your home. A home energy monitor can help you understand which appliances are using the most electricity on a day-to-day basis.
2. Replace your light bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs consume an excessive amount of electricity and must be replaced more often than their energy efficient alternatives. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80% less electricity and last three to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
Although energy efficient bulbs are expensive they offer efficient energy use and longer service meaning they cost less in the long run.
3. Purchase energy efficient appliances
On an average, appliances cost about 13% roughy of total household energy. When buying an appliance you should pay attention to the purchasing price and also the annual operating costs. Even though energy efficient appliances usually have high purchase prices, the operating costs are lower than the normal models.
4. Reduce your water heating
Water heaters at are homes are some of the largest contributors of total energy consumption. There are 3 methods to reduce your heating expenses; you can use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater.
5. Close the doors and more
Don’t waste energy. Close the doors on your refrigerator and house as quickly as possible. Keep fireplace dampers shut when not in use. Close the curtains to cover your windows at night. All of these little efforts help to conserve energy by preventing heat loss.
Small steps lead to big savings
Saving energy conserves valuable resources and saves money. Do your part to make energy conservation a habit; it’s a move with positive implications for both the environment and your wallet.