There are countless ways to save energy. I’m sure you’ve probably heard most of them, but just in case, I’m listing many here. All of these are things that I do in my own home (unless I state otherwise), so they are definitely achievable by the average family.
- replace your old incandescent light bulbs with CFLs
- set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees or lower
- set your heater to as low as you can stand it in the winter and wear sweaters for extra warmth
- set your AC to 78 degrees or higher in the summer (when my husband is gone, I don’t use AC, since I don’t really like it. I prefer open windows and fans. When he is home, we turn it on to 80)
- unplug appliances when you’re not using them, especially those that have clocks or lights (those use continuous energy)
- use as few lights as possible: the rule in my house is that only one light can be on per person at home. This keeps lights from being on in random rooms all over the house.
- use cold water for your laundry and dry the clothes outside
- only use the dishwasher when it’s full
- close curtains and shades to block out the heat during summer months
- change your air filters often to make your heating/AC unit more effective
- put foam insulators in outlets on exterior walls (I also got these from a free Energy Right audit kit, but they are very inexpensive to buy)
- in the winter, I leave my oven open after baking and it warms up the house (I put the safety gate up so my toddlers don’t get to it)
- put surge protectors in areas where you have a lot of things plugged in, and turn them off when you’re not using those items (this is one area where I need to improve… I try to remember to shut it off, but I often forget)
What are your favorite energy saving tips? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear them!