Going green is a hot topic these days, with energy conservation being at the forefront of political discussions, scientific inquiries, and conversations among homeowners. As the battle over global warming and offshore drilling rages on, people are turning to quick and easy solutions to conserve energy and save money within their own homes.
Luckily, conserving energy within a home has become easier, simpler, and can result in saving hundreds of dollars each year. Read on for the best ways to go green and conserve energy within your home or office with a few quick-and-easy fixes.
Control the Thermostat
Install a thermostat in your home that is programmable and adjusts itself for fluctuating temperatures. Rather than leaving the thermostat set at 70 degrees all day in the winter, program the thermostat to come on in the morning and evening when you’re at home, but to drop down to a lower temperature during the warmest parts of the day and when you are at work. Also make sure that your thermostat is in an area of the house where it will get an accurate temperature reading, and not in a location that is colder or warmer than the rest of the house or is particularly drafty. Programming the thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs.
Once you adjust your programmable thermostat, make sure that you also keep the temperature in your home consistent by closing windows and doors, installing proper insulation, and weather stripping and winterizing your windows and doors if necessary.
Turn Off the Lights
Turning off the lights in your home can be one of the simplest ways of conserving energy and saving money. Another easy way to save energy is to change out the light bulbs in your home and replace them with energy efficient bulbs—doing so will save you about $6 a year and uses 75 percent less energy than using regular bulbs! Another easy fix is to remember to unplug appliances that aren’t in use. Even if your appliance isn’t turned on, having it plugged in to an outlet still requires energy. If you have power strips in your home with a lot of appliances plugged in to them, turn the power switch to off when not in use, or unplug it. Unplugging is a quick fix that makes your home more eco-friendly.
When it comes to energy saving, electricity isn’t the only thing that should be conserved. Taking shorter showers, opting to bathe instead of shower, watering your lawn in the evening instead of during the day, or turning off the water while you brush your teeth, will all help conserve energy and reduce your bills. Also try turning down the temperature on your water heater. If you lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, there won’t be a noticeable change in your comfort level when showering, but there will be a noticeable change in your gas or electricity bill.
For more tips on the best ways to conserve energy and save money on your utility bills throughout the year, visit the United States Department of Energy website for energy-conservation tips.
This article was provided by Charity Bailey, current Environmental Science major and energy-conscious consumer. If you’re having trouble choosing between Texas electric companies, Charity recommends Amigo Energy.
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