It seemed the perfect time to share some easy home energy saving ideas. Many of us are trying to reign in our budgets, especially in areas like Rhode Island where I live. We are getting hit two-fold, with both post-holiday bills and winter energy costs. The great news is there are painless ways to save by reducing your usage and changing to a less expensive electricity provider, such as Direct Energy.
10 Easy Home Energy Saving Ideas
These home energy saving ideas are quick and easy to implement in your household.
Install a Smart Thermostat – Have a nice warm room when you use it, but save money on energy costs during hours when the family sleeps or everyone is at work and school.
Change Electricity Provider – While the rest of the tips here concern reducing your energy usage, getting a good rate on the energy you use is also essential. Why pay more? A watt is still a watt, no matter what you pay.
Wash in Cold Water – washing clothing and linens in cold water or at least warm vs. hot whenever you can makes a nice reduction in your energy usage.
Ceiling Fans – Ceiling fans help even out temperatures in the home by increasing air flow. They help keep a home comfortable in both summer and winter.
Change to more Efficient Lights – swap out any remaining incandescent bulbs with CFL or LED lights to save energy. These bulbs are longer lasting and will need to be changed out far less frequently too. Even if you couldn’t find these options for some fixtures in the past, the selection has grown considerably in recent years. Odds are you can swap now.
Shut Off Lights – This one may seem obvious, since most of us have been hearing it since we were kids, but shutting lights off really does save. Consider using timers and motion sensors for outdoor light to limit usage to when they are needed. Instead of lighting an entire room, use some task lighting instead. Teach kids to shut off lights as they leave a room.
Use Appliances Efficiently – Keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible, they operate more efficiently that way. Also defrost the refrigerator as needed. Try and run full dishwasher and washing machine loads. Turn off the oven a few minutes before food is done cooking to make use of residual heat. Improving appliance efficiency saves energy.
Thermal Drapes and Sheers – Yes, these are two opposite ends of the drapery spectrum, but wisely combined they can help significantly with your homes energy efficiency. Sheers allow ample light in, so when installed on south facing windows the light and heat of the sun can come in. Thermal drapes add an extra layer of insulation between you and the elements of winter. I like to install them on north facing windows where light loss is minimal. The strategy is reversed in the hot summer months.
Rugs -Adding area rugs is a quick and easy way to improve floor insulation and make floors more comfortable to the foot. This is especially helpful in rooms above a basement or garage area.
Boost Efficiency of Old Windows – As most of us know much heat is lost through windows. If you have old windows, of course replacing them with quality double or tripple pane windows is ideal, but if that is not possible, sealing any air gaps and adding an insulating window film can help considerably.
Change Electric Company to Save Even More
As I’ve mentioned, I live in Rhode Island, which is one of the states where deregulation has allowed consumers to choose their electricity provider. Rhode Islanders are no longer limited to National Grid and are free to change electric company. Energy choice is now in our hands. One of the companies now available to handle the supply portion of our home electricity supply is Direct Energy. Teaming energy choice with the home energy saving ideas above could save a considerable portion of your energy budget.
Why Rhode Islanders Should Choose Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest energy providers. Switching to a Direct Energy fixed rate plan is easy and can save you up to 17% over the National Grid electricity rate for Rhode Island! Not only are Direct Energy’s rates highly competitive, but the company also offers a Nest Learning Thermostat for residential customers at no additional cost (see my first energy saving idea above). In addition, with their usage online energy usage insights tool, we are able to see an analysis of our own energy usage to help us improve our savings.
Plenti Rewards Direct Energy is a part of Plenti and the only energy provider that is. With the Plenti is a rewards program you earn points a single card accumulates points from participating businesses, which can then be used at other participants. Earn at least 1,000 points upon signing up with Direct Energy.
Direct Energy is also a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Don’t live in Rhode Island, check out DirectEnergy.com anyway. They offer savings in many other areas as well.
Offer valid for new residential customers in the National Grid Rhode Island service area until March 6, 2017.**Savings refers to the current difference (of up to 17%) between Direct Energy’s 8-month fixed price offer of 6.79¢/kWh and National Grid Rhode Island’s current Fixed Rate for Basic Service of 8.179¢/kWh, and does not include any other component of your electricity bill such as delivery or taxes. National Grid Rhode Island’s fixed rate is effective until March 31, 2017 and may change at that time. There may be no savings following that date. Direct Energy’s rate includes energy charges only and excludes delivery/transmission charges, taxes, and all other utility-related charges.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Direct Energy. The opinions and text are all mine.