No one likes to throw money away on wasted energy usage. Though it can seem elusive, home energy savings isn’t only accomplished by upgrading to a more efficient heating or cooling system. You can also save money by concentrating on the small things in your home.
To help you get started, here are some suggestions that will help cut down on your monthly energy expenditure:
Shut off your lights. Yes, your parents were correct. When you’re leaving a room, be sure to turn off the lights. Leaving lights on can quickly add up to wasted money.
Switch to energy-efficient bulbs. If your home is full of standard lightbulbs, a quick path to energy savings is to switch them all out with the more energy-efficient fluorescent ones, which use only about 25 percent of the energy utilized by a standard bulb.
Take advantage of the sun. In rooms with lots of windows, the sun can help warm your home if you simply open drapes and let the sunshine in.
Watch your shower time. Almost everyone loves hot showers, but taking too long wastes both water and the energy used to heat it. You will want to be clean, obviously, but the trick is to get in and out as quickly as possible.
Unplug electronics. Even when you turn off your beloved big-screen TV, there’s a chance it could still be leaking power. The same is true for cell phone chargers and other similar devices. If possible, unplug these when not in use. Better still, use a power strip and switch off the entire collection at once.
Don’t waste an appliance’s space. We’ve all run the dishwasher when it’s only half full. Doing so, however, wastes both energy and water when it isn’t needed. Energy savings can really add up if you wait for a full load. Same goes for washing clothes.
If you would like further assistance with home energy savings or for questions relating to home comfort, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts with the Rheem Pro Partner. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Colorado Springs, Denver, Centennial and the surrounding areas since 1992.