Tips To Reduce Energy Consumption and Save Money
Going green and saving money go hand-in-hand.
When you cut energy costs, you’re saving money as well as the natural resources that create that energy. In fact, the US Department of Energy reports that the home sector uses approximately 66% of the electric energy in this country. What’s more, electrical energy consumption in the U.S. doubled between 1989 and 2005. You might be surprised at how many ways you can cut costs and energy consumption around your home. Here’s a list of effective measures to make a greener environment and make your wallet a little greener as well.
Shade Management 1: Keep the shades open on the sunny side of the house to help heat rooms in winter. Shut the shades to help cool rooms in summer.
Shade Management 2: Landscape so that in the summer, trees, vines and shrubs shade driveway pavement, courtyards, large windows, etc.
Cross Ventilate: Opening windows on just one side of the house isn’t effective – the air has no path to flow through. Open windows on opposite sides to create a breeze.
Use a reversible ceiling fan: It’s effective both in winter and summer, generating a direct breeze in the summer and redistributing rising hot air in the winter.
Use CFL lights: Replace your standard incandescent bulbs with long-life, energy efficient “compact flourescent lights.” They come in a variety of shapes and applications.
Use dimmers and mood lighting: If you’ve got dimmers, use them! If not, have them installed. They create comfortable lighting and save energy.
Use task and tract lighting: It’s more efficient and reduces the glare of anoverly lit room.
Clean or paint walls: Dingy walls don’t reflect light well and give the room a “dark” feeling. Brighten up!
Use outdoor sensor lights: Use them instead of leaving porch and yard lights on all night. They provide even more security, reacting to motion.
Differentiate the toilet from the waste basket: Don’t use the toilet for cigarettes, paper or an occasional nose tissue. You can save 200-300 gallons a month.
Install aerators: They’re easy to put on kitchen and bathroom faucets, reduce water consumption and still provide a refreshing flow.
Wash full loads: Don’t use the dish and clothes washers until they’re full.
Fix leaks: One simple leak can waste 20 gallons a day.
Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator: Instead of running the tap water until it’s cold.
Don’t sprinkle, irrigate: An irrigation hose uses less water and makes it easier for your lawn to “swallow.” If the grass springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn’t need water. Also, watering in the morning instead of dusk helps prevent fungus growth.
Use mulch: A layer around trees and plants slows down evaporation so you will need to water less.
Use a broom, not a hose: And get a little exercise sweeping the drive and sidewalks.
Capture tap water: While waiting for the water to heat up, capture the cool water and use it on your plants.
If replacing or adding appliances, consider:
- Energy Star ratings and recommendations
- Low flush toilets
- Programmable thermostats
- Heat pumps that distribute heat more efficiently
- Evaporative coolers
- Circulating hot water pumps for larger homes where faucets are far apart
Call us, We’ll give your home a green audit to save resources and money, 303-436-2525.