Saving energy in your home is not only good for your wallet, it’s also really great for the environment. Here’s a few tips that anyone can do, to help you minimize energy costs in your home. They may seem simple, but they will have a significant impact on your energy spending.
Utilize your Ceiling Fans
Make sure you change the direction of your ceiling fans with each season. Why? Setting the direction of your fan blades will help you control the temperature in your home, so you can save on both cooling and heating costs.
Use your ceiling fan to complement your air conditioning during the summer and help cut cooling costs. On average, a standard high-efficiency central air conditioning unit uses 3,500 watts of power when it’s in use. A ceiling fan, on the other hand, uses approximately 50 watts.
So, make sure you set your ceiling fan to spin counter clockwise during the summer. This causes it to push air down and create a cool breeze, helping keep a room’s temperature consistent throughout the day and reducing the need for an air conditioner to run constantly.
During the winter months a ceiling fan could save you as much as 15% on your heating bills. In cooler months, your ceiling fan should be spinning clockwise at a low speed. Warm air naturally rises and having your ceiling fan on this setting helps move the warm air that tends to accumulate near the ceiling.
Upgrade your Lights
Lighting is an important component of your home. It can be used to create comfortable spaces and increase the attraction of a room. But lighting also plays a part in energy saving.
LED light bulbs are now the norm for most homes and businesses. Most people are making the switch from compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) which were designed as replacements to traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs. However, LEDs are far more effective for saving energy, and they don’t contain mercury like the CFLs. LED bulbs last up to 3.5 times longer than other bulbs. They're also dimmable, safe to use outdoors and don't emit heat, so they can reduce your home's overall cooling costs.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to sacrifice style for function. LED light bulbs come in all sorts of cool and unique styles and various levels of brightness.
Don’t forget about your outdoor lights! Your porch light and other exterior lights are all high energy users because they’re often left on for long periods. Install motion sensor lighting so they only work when needed and use LEDs instead of incandescent ones.
Manage those electronics
This is something that can occasionally be forgotten. How many of us just leave our laptops plugged in when not in use? Or have a computer that’s constantly on?
Smartphones, laptops, game consoles, and chargers each use small amounts of electricity that add up to major electricity costs. Take advantage of “sleep” modes for your computer and TV. And turn these devices off when not in use. Set your TV’s display brightness to automatically adjust to the room’s brightness. Unplug charging electronics like your smartphone once fully charged because they can still use electricity even at full charge. Not only will it cut your electricity costs, fully charging and then turning off/ putting to “sleep” your electronics is also better for their lifespan.