How Can We Save Energy in Our Daily Life?
Energy consumption is one of the biggest drains on our finances. The electric bill and the gas bill seem to constantly be creeping higher and higher while our paychecks seem to stay the same. By reducing the amount of energy that we use we can lower our energy bill costs, and help to preserve the planet we call home.
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Consume Less Hot Water
One of the ways that you can reduce your consumption of hot water is to wash your dishes by hand instead of running the dishwasher. When you do run the dishwasher make sure that the machine is full, never run the machine for just a handful of dishes.
The same statement is true about washing clothes in a washing machine. Never wash a partial load. Wait until you have a full load. You can also rinse all clothes on the cold setting, and you can even wash the clothes on the cold setting.
Switch to a More Efficient Water Heater
If you are using an old water heater then you may want to consider switching to a new appliance. Appliances that are more than a decade old generally consume a lot more energy than newer appliances.
Switching to a tankless water heater may also save you a lot of energy. Tankless water heaters provide hot water when you turn on the hot water tap, and they do not store hot water. They are often called hot water on demand units. The water heater that has a tank periodically shuts on to keep the water at a specific temperature. The tankless heaters heat the water as it passes through the heater and therefore does not have to maintain 30 or 40 gallons of water at one precise temperature.
Hang your clothes out to dry
You can save a lot of energy in your home by putting up a clothesline and hanging your clothes out to dry instead of using the clothes dryer. The sun and wind will naturally dry your clothes and remove odors so you can save the cost of running the dryer.
If you do use the dryer then pull clothing out as soon as it dries and hang it up so you do not have to plug in an iron to remove wrinkles. Check this article to know more about the right methods of hanging clothed outside.
Air Dry or hands dry your dishes
The automatic dish drying setting on your dishwasher will cause the appliance to have to consume more energy in order to heat dry your dishes. This setting does not have to be used. You can let the dishes air dry or you can hand dry them after the machine has run.
Use your Crockpot instead of the oven
Whenever you can do so put your food into a slow cooker and let it cook instead of using a traditional oven. The slow cooker uses about 75% less energy to cook a baked dish than the traditional oven.
Set your thermostat and leave it
You should set the household thermostat on one temperature, say 73, and leave it. Do not turn it to a higher setting if you get a chill. If you get a chill then put on a sweater. Do not turn it to a lower setting when you get hot. If you get hot then use a fan to provide more air movement and save electricity.
Close the vents in unoccupied rooms
If you have guest rooms, or you have rooms that are not being occupied during the day you can shut the vents off so you are not air conditioning, or heating an unoccupied room. If you do not have vents in the room then simply close the door to the room to reduce heating and air conditioning cost.
Shut out the light
When you leave a room turn the light out. This simple act can save you a hundred dollars or more each year on your electric bill.
Invest in new windows and doors
If your windows are allowing air to leak in or seep air out then you should consider upgrading to new windows. Double pane windows are the best for keeping the cold air either in or out of your home.