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.
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 triple pane windows is ideal, but if that is not possible, sealing any air gaps and adding an insulating window film can help considerably.
I hope a few of these tips help you save on your energy costs.