The utilities in your home are necessary for your everyday comfort and quality of life, but they can be expensive. If you feel like you’re spending too much on your power bill, check out these ways to make your home energy-efficient.
Turn Off Lights at Home to Be More Energy Efficient
If no one is in a room, turn the lights off. Encourage your family members to make a habit of turning off the lights when the last person leaves a room. Even just a few lights left on for a couple of hours will use a lot of electricity, especially if it happens often.
To decrease lighting-related energy consumption outdoors, install automatic, motion-detecting lights, and use solar-powered LED lights to illuminate pathways and stairs.
Run Full Loads in the Dishwasher
Dishwashers use a lot of water and energy. If you only have a couple of dirty dishes, save electricity by washing them by hand. When using the dishwasher, make sure to only run full loads. When the time comes to replace your dishwashing machine, choose an energy-efficient and water-saving model.
Seal and Insulate to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient
Windows and doors may have gaps where warm or cool air can escape. Look for drafts by using a lit candle. Hold it near window frames and baseboards. If the flame flickers, this indicates air movement. In the colder months, seal gaps and apply insulation film to windows. You won’t have to use as much energy to keep your living spaces warm and comfortable.
Unplug Electronic Devices
When a device or appliance is plugged in, it will draw a small amount of electricity. While a single unused appliance may not use much power, multiple devices will affect your monthly electricity bill. Unplug appliances when they are not in use, especially if you rarely use them.
Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient with a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is an easy and efficient way to control the temperature in your home. There is no need to heat your living spaces while you’re out of the house. Set your thermostat to save energy when you’re away and program it to bring the house back to a comfortable temperature before the time you’ll return home.
Shorten Your Showers
To make your home energy-efficient, look at your daily habits. For many people, it’s not uncommon to spend 15 minutes every day in the shower. While the warm water is comfortable, it also costs money. Save water and save money on your utility bills by making an effort to take shorter showers.