Home Energy Tips
Switching your home energy supplier is one way to reduce your monthly energy expenses. Another way to trim costs without significantly affecting your lifestyle is to make small changes to your energy consumption to see big savings. Check out these energy-efficient tips to use around the home.
Raise the Thermostat Temperature
Small adjustments on the thermostat, even one degree, can make a huge impact on your home energy bill. In the summer, keep your thermostat around 75 degrees (a few degrees cooler while you are sleeping, and a few degrees warmer while you are away at work). In the winter, set it at 68 degrees to keep your home warm. Another great option is to install a programmable thermostat to ensure your home is always comfortable and energy efficient.
Wash Laundry with Cold Water
Washing your clothes in cold water can reduce your energy consumption and increase your energy savings. Studies According to Energy Star, nearly 90% of the energy used by a washing machine goes to heating the water.
Use the Sun’s Energy and Heat in Your Home
In the wintertime, keep the blinds or curtains open to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. In the summer, keep the blinds or curtains closed where the sun hits your home to prevent the sun from heating up your home.
Unplug Your Appliances When Not in Use
Even if your appliances (from DVD players to coffee machines) are turned off, they still pull energy from the outlets when plugged in. Unplug appliances that do not need constant energy to save on your home energy bill.