In this day and age, homeowners are getting more savvy when it comes to energy savings. Contrary to popular belief, however, you don’t need to cut corners in order to cut costs. Just follow these simple tips to keep your bills low and your energy efficiency high.
Buy Certified Appliances
Households with Energy Star certified products can expect some big savings on their energy bill. The cost of the appliances often pay for themselves in the long run, so the investment is always worth it. Everything from dishwashers to freezers, ceiling fans to televisions can be certified.
If you can’t quite shell out the cash for new appliances quite yet, there are still things you can do to keep your energy usage down. For starters, turn off electronics when not in use. That means if you’re not in the hallway, you can turn off the light. Furthermore, unplug electronics. Chargers will still consume energy even if your phone isn’t hooked up. Making those little changes will add up over time, ensuring that the monthly energy bill will be less harsh on your wallet.
Change the way you do laundry.
Your laundry machine consumes a lot of power, especially if there are kids in your home. Somehow there always seems to be dirty clothes lying around! Instead of doing a half-loads every other day, cut it down to once or twice a week. After all, it’s “laundry day” not “laundry week”! If you want to go further with your laundry routine, opt to air-dry your clothes on a line or rack.
Make the Switch to LED Lights
Simply changing your bulbs can help reduce your energy use by up to 75%. This is because traditional incandescents only convert 10% of the energy they consume into light. That’s a lot of wasted energy! Furthermore, invest in lights that have sensors or can be put on a timer. That way the lights will only ever be on when they are needed, eliminating a good chunk of wasted energy.
Saving energy doesn’t need to be complicated or pricey. Follow the above tips for big savings! Curious about other ways you can cut down on costs on your energy bill? Contact our expert electricians today for an in-home consultation.