With both global warming and the costs of energy sources at their highest ever, having a more energy efficient household can help to save both the environment and some of the money spent to run it. Below are 5 tips that we have found may help families to conserve more:
Have all the ceilings and walls in your house properly insulated, including the attic. Caulking and weather stripping can be used to seal doors and windows. This ensures that the heating works as efficiently as possible during the winter by keeping the warm air in, as well as any cool air (from an air conditioning unit) during the summer.
Newer appliances are made to be more energy efficient than older ones, so it is always best to have the newer options wherever possible. When purchasing a new appliance, do as much research as necessary to ensure that your choice will save the most energy in the long run. Most of the time we neglect to read the operator’s manual on our new items, but these can show us the proper way of tapping into the appliance’s capabilities. Unplugging those items that are not used regularly will also help to conserve.
Even though fluorescent bulbs are initially more expensive than regular bulbs, they last 8-12 times longer and also save a significant amount of energy when in use. Even just putting them in a few rooms will significantly decrease the amount of energy the household uses.
Using solar panels as a means of producing your own electricity helps create a household that can enjoy incredible luxuries at a fraction of the normal cost. Solar panels can be used to run all appliances as well as lights if properly installed.
Place windows in the best position to capture natural light and install glass panels in the roof, if possible. Opening curtains or blinds will allow natural light to enter, so that the amount of electricity used during the day can remain at a minimum.
Let us know if you find these tips helpful in your conservation, as well as any others your household uses. As usual, we are looking forward to hearing about your experiences.