Discovering practical ways to save on electricity reduces your monthly expenditures, plus it’s better for the environment. Unfortunately, some people aren’t concerned with reducing their carbon footprint. With this said, they may waste energy, water and ignore eco-friendly habits. However, going green and saving energy doesn’t have to be a burden.
Interested in electricity savings? There are plenty of simple and practical things you can do at home and in your community.
1. Make sure that your HVAC system is working properly. If you do not inspect your system, poor ventilation and leaks may go unnoticed. These problems can increase your energy costs by as much as 20%. Fixing problems with your heating and air creates a more energy-efficient system and reduces your electrical costs.
2. Better appliances. Some dated appliances are not energy-efficient. They use more energy and increase electrical bills. If your appliances are older than 10 years, consider a newer model. This includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and hot water heaters. Switch to Energy Star products and you can reduce your annual energy costs by $400, according to an article published by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
3. Energy-efficient lightbulbs. Incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy and emit a lot of heat. This not only raises the temperature in your house, but your electrical costs. There is a solution. Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) and you can save about $35 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
4. Improve your home’s insulation. If your house is poorly insulated, your HVAC system has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. The harder your system works, the higher your electrical bill. To minimize your monthly bills, apply caulk or weatherstripping around drafty windows, replace your windows or replace your attic’s insulation. Take these measures and you can reduce your energy bill by up to 20%, says the Alliance to Save Energy.
5. Unplug it. Even in the off mode, plugged in electrical devices use energy. Make a conscious effort to unplug the microwave, toaster, electrical heater, radio, chargers and other items when they’re not in use. This move can shave 5% to 10% off your electrical bill.
Electrical saving techniques aren’t limited to inside your home. Many communities and neighborhoods have joined forces and adopted green practices. These practices include leaving grass clippings on the lawn to reduce space in landfills, watering lawns in the early morning when the water is less likely to evaporate, as well as having recycling containers throughout the community.
Do you run a business in the local community? If so, you might switch to electronic statements and focus on online advertising efforts to save paper.
Going green isn’t hard. And while there is an adjustment period, you can quickly get into the routine. Rather than view these initiatives as a burden, focus on the potential savings. Plus, if you spend less on electricity, this frees up cash to build your personal savings or enjoy a nice annual vacation.