There are many benefits to saving energy in the home. For starters, it reduces your carbon footprint. Secondly, conserving energy in the home translates to saving money. In many ways, making the slightest adjustments in our daily routines can end up saving us hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over the years.
For example, imagine a teenager who is in the habit of taking an hour shower once, if not twice a day. We know that many parents can relate! If she could change her habits so she only took a 10-minute shower, the household would conserve thousands of gallons of precious water each year.
It’s a similar concept with electricity. Suppose a couple was in the habit of leaving all the lights on in their house 24 hours a day. Imagine how much energy and money they would save if they only kept the lights on in rooms that were in use and shut them off when they left? Essentially, there are two major reasons for conserving energy in the home: 1) to help the environment, and 2) to save money on utility bills.
Here are three simple and convenient ways to start saving energy in the home:
1. Start by adjusting your behaviors.
You don’t have to go out and buy energy-efficient appliances to start conserving energy at home. In fact, all you have to do is start making small changes in your daily habits. You can start by shutting off the water when you brush your teeth and by limiting your showers to 10 minutes. Instead of drying all of your clothing, you can air dry shirts, dresses and blouses. You can also wash more dishes by hand.
Only use lights when you’re in a room and shut them off when you leave. Beyond water and electricity, the single most effective way to cut down on energy costs is to turn down the thermostat during the wintertime. In the summer, use the air conditioner less during the day, but focus on keeping it cool at night so you can sleep comfortably.
2. Switch your light bulbs.
If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs like your mother did when you were growing up, it’s time to replace them with LED lights, compact fluorescent lights, or halogen incandescent bulbs, which use up to 80% less electricity than traditional light bulbs and last up to 25 times longer.
3. Invest in a programmable thermostat.
If you cannot program your thermostat, it’s time to switch to a programmable model. With a programmable thermostat, you can set it to automatically turn on and off the heat or air conditioning while you’re sleeping or away. With a programmable thermostat, you control the temperature in your home 24 hours a day and you save energy without sacrificing comfort. As a bonus – you don’t have to constantly get up in the middle of the night to crank on the heat or air conditioning because it’s too hot or cold.