How to make your home more Energy efficient
There are two main reasons why you may wish to make your home more energy efficient. The first is a love of the environment and an awareness of the damage electricity plants can cause. The second is to reduce your costs; helping your money to go further and potentially improve your quality of life.
There are a variety of methods you can choose to help you make your home more energy efficient:
It is important to have your electricity system tested and checked regularly. This can show you where you are using electricity unnecessarily and ensure that the current setup you have is efficient.
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Check Your Bulbs
LED bulbs use between 25% and 80% less energy than any other bulb on the market. This can make a huge difference to your electricity bill over the year.
The fact that they are more expensive is counteracted by the energy saving and the fact that they will last up to 5 times longer than a standard bulb.
Dropping Your Thermostat
You’ve probably already be told to reduce your thermostat. Even lowering it by just 1° can make hundreds of dollars worth of difference to your annual bill.
If you can reduce it by 100 or 15°duing the day you can knock as much as 15% off your energy bills.
Go Low Flow
Couple a low flow showerhead with an aerator and you’ll still have a good flow rate for your shower while saving water. The low flow reduces your water usage to 2.5 gallons per minute; half the standard flow. The aerator adds bubbles to the water making it feel like there is more water than there actually is.
Many states will provide grants to help you insulate your home as it is an incredibly important way of saving energy.
Good insulation will prevent heat from escaping from your home; lowering your need to heat the home. It will also improve the ability of your home to stay cool; without having to use the air conditioning as much as usual.
To reduce energy usage you need to prevent your hot or cool air from escaping. This means you need to go round your home and block any cracks or gaps that could allow air in or out.
Sealing round windows and doors is particularly important as these are the most common areas for drafts to enter your home.
You may not have realized it but appliances left on standby drain a surprising amount of energy. Even if your charger is plugged in and not attached to anything it will use .26 watts of energy. This may not seem like a huge amount but add a few chargers together and it will quickly become a significant drain on your energy.
This is a much bigger undertaking but one of the best ways to drastically reduce your energy bills even if you are not reducing your usage. Solar panels can provide you with all or most of your electrical needs; depending on the area you live in and the set up you adopt.