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100 Ways to Save Energy at Home

Saving energy is important for environmental reasons, but it can also save you money in the long-term. In spite of the importance of taking steps to use less energy, many people are unsure what they can do in their homes to save energy. It is much easier than you might think. Here are some simple ways you can save energy and reduce your household expenses.

 

Roofing

• Applying a reflective coating to your roofing will help to reduce the strain on your air conditioning. As a result, you will lower household bills because less heat will come into your home and you will not need to use the air conditioning as often.
• Another way of energy saving is replacing your current roof with an ENERGY STAR® label. As this is more energy efficient, it will save you money and is better for the environment.
• Roofs degrade due to expansion and contraction. Opting for reflective roofing means your roof will last longer as they are less likely to be affected by contraction and expansion.

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Heating Your Home

• Add rugs or carpets to bare floors as these can help to retain heat.
• If you have an open fireplace, close the flue and also install glass doors. This will help to retain the heat.
• Try to keep your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as possible as this will save money.
• Keep air vents clear of blockages, such as furniture or drapes.
• Don’t raise the temperature in your home too quickly. It is more cost effective and energy-efficient to raise it slowly.
• For optimum efficiency, change the filters in your heating system on a monthly basis.
• When you leave the house, remember to lower your thermostat.
• Lowering the temperature of your thermostat by a few degrees during the night will save you money but keep your home comfortable.
• Avoid using portable heaters whenever possible as they are expensive to run.
• To cut your costs by as much as a half, opt for an energy-efficient heat pump.
• Don’t stack things against your HVAC as your air compressor needs space to work properly and efficiently.
• Rather than turning your thermostat off when you are away in the winter, set it to 60 degrees.
• Use the natural resource of the sun to heat your home instead of relying solely on your heating system. You can do this by leaving drapes or blinds open.

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Heating Water

• Wash laundry in cold water as it will save you money at every load.
• If you do use hot water for laundry, then always make sure you are washing a full load.
• Both hot and cold water pipes should be insulated for the first six feet where they are connected to the water heater.
• If you have an old water heater, get insulation wrap to help it run more efficiently.
• When you are buying a new water heater, always read the Energy Guide. Even if the initial cost of a more energy-efficient heater is higher, it will save you money in the long-term.
• Check water pipes for any leaks as leaks will increase the amount of energy you use.
• If you enjoy showers, try to shorten the amount of time you spend in them.
• Choosing a solar water heater is a great way of saving energy and money.
• Reduce your hot water usage by installing low-flow, aerating shower heads and faucets.
• When you are going away from home, turn off your water heater.
• Fix any leaky faucets as they waste water and also cost more in the electricity or gas that are used to heat the water.
• Reducing the temperature of the water heater by as little as 20 degrees will save you money but the water will still be plenty hot enough for use.
• Water heaters vary greatly so make sure you choose the best one to suit your needs. And think about Tankless Water Heaters as they can also save you money.
• Installing a timer for your water heater is a good idea as it will turn off the water heater whenever you are not at home.

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Cooling Your Home

• Rather than relying entirely on air conditioning, block the sunlight from your home. Common methods of doing this include drapes, blinds, and shades.
• Another way to block the sunlight is to plant trees outside your home.
• Allow cool air to flow freely throughout your home by opening all the doors and windows.
• If you are using your air conditioning, close all your doors and windows properly.
• To keep your AC system working efficiently, change all the filters on a monthly basis.
• Ceiling fans should run clockwise in the winter and counter-clockwise in the summer.
• If your air conditioning has a rating of 15, you will save energy and could be entitled to a rebate.
• Setting the thermostat fan switch to auto will save energy and money.
• Installing insulation in your attic can reduce the amount of time you need to use air conditioning.
• Check for leaky ducts and household leaks. Repairing these will help you to save energy.
• Ceiling fans are a more cost-efficient way of cooling yourself, providing you remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
• Close all unused air vents so that you are not paying money to cool rooms that are not in use.
• Choosing light-colored paint and curtains to reflect the light and keep your home cool.
• Use wall insulation to prevent hot air from the outside heating your home.
• Service your air conditioning to make sure it si running efficiently. This may entitle you to a rebate.
• Having attic insulation that is rated R-30 will reduce your costs and will also seal any leaks in your attic.
• Installing more ceiling fans will help keep you cooler at a lesser cost than increasing the use of your air conditioning.
• Choose a thermostat that you can program so that you can adjust it at different times of the day.

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Windows

• To make sure that the performance of your windows is certified, look out for the label of the National Fenestration Rating Council when choosing new windows.
• If your home has hot-spots, you are more likely to spend money using your air conditioning. To eliminate these, you should consider using either qualified window screens, solar window screens or high-performance windows.
• Opting for high-performance windows will reduce the amount you need to use your air conditioning and may also reduce the likelihood of you needing an expensive air conditioning upgrade.
• High-performance windows can also reduce heat gain, thus reducing the need to use your air conditioning.

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Electronics

• Stop leaving electrical goods on standby as this uses unnecessary power.
• If you have any electrical items plugged into power strips, turn the strips off when not in use.
• Laptops use less power than desktop computers and this is worth taking into consideration if you are thinking of buying a new computer.
• If you are looking for a new TV, try to buy one that is ENERGY STAR qualified as they use significantly less energy and this will save you money in future years.
• Rather than using a screensaver, set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode.
• Some chargers will continue to draw energy from the socket even if they are not connected to a device. If you are not charging a device, unplug the charger from the socket. Similarly, once your device is fully charged, it should not be left plugged into the charger.

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Household Appliances

• Whenever your appliances are not in use, turn them off.
• Microwaves and toasters use less energy than an oven, so you can use them to cook leftovers at a lower cost.
• Make sure your refrigerator door seals are intact.
• A full freezer uses less energy than an empty one. If you do not have enough food to fill it, consider using water containers.
• Replace old refrigerators with an ENERGY STAR-qualified one.
• Get rid of an underused second freezer or refrigerator.
• If your refrigerator has a power save switch, use it.
• Choose energy efficient appliances if you are buying new ones for your home.
• Air-dry lighter fabrics. If you use a dryer, separate the loads into lighter and heavier fabrics.
• Whenever possible, wash only full loads of clothes.
• If you use a dryer, vent it to the outside. This will help to reduce the strain on your air conditioner.
• Dusting behind your refrigerator will help it to run more efficiently.
• When your dishwasher has completed its wash cycle, turn it off and allow your crockery to air-dry.
• Avoid opening the oven door when you are cooking as this will cause the temperature to drop.
• Copper-bottomed pans are the best option for cooking as they use heat more efficiently.
• In between loads, clean out the filter in your dryer as this will help it to run more efficiently.
• During the summer months, try to grill outside more. Using your oven increases the strain on your air conditioning.
• Turn off bathroom and kitchen fans as soon as possible.
• More heat is reflected upward when cooking if you keep stove reflective pans clean.
• To use less electricity and water, set your dishwasher to the economy mode.
• Using covers on your pans will shorten the cooking time and this will save energy.
• Use large pots on large burners and small pots on small burners. Using the wrong sized pot wastes energy.
• Drying several loads of clothes at once will prevent your dryer from cooling completely land this will save energy.
• Air-drying dress clothing will make it look better and reduce the amount you use the dryer.
• Don’t over dry your clothes. Not only does this waste energy, it also causes wrinkling and static.
• Turning off your oven just a few minutes before the food is cooked will save energy. The remaining heat in the oven will continue to cook your food.

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Lighting

• Find out about local retailers who offer discounts on energy-saving light bulbs.
• CFLs give off the same amount of light but use less energy than standard bulbs so they are the better option for anyone wanting to reduce their energy usage.
• CFLs use less energy and become less hot than halogen light bulbs which can be a fire hazard. So, replace your halogen bulbs with CFLs.
• If you are considering outdoor lighting, opt for motion-detecting lights as they are both efficient and convenient.
• Timers are an option you might want to consider as they will automatically turn your lights on at set times of the day or night.
• Make sure you are using the right type of bulb for the light fitting.
• Replace the bulbs you use the most often with energy-efficient bulbs. This can help to dramatically lower household bills.
• Install fluorescent tubes in areas such as a playroom or a workshop.
• CFLs will last ten times longer than regular bulbs in outdoor lighting.
• Position lamps in a corner so that the light can reflect off two walls and opt for clear or lighter colored lamp shades.
• Recycle all your CFL light bulbs.

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Using these tips will help you with energy saving to reduce the negative impact you have on the environment and can also lower household bills. Even making a few simple changes can make a significant difference, so it is worth implementing as many of these strategies as possible.