5 ways to conserve and be energy efficient
It’s not always easy to conserve energy in the summer months. It’s hot. It's sticky. We crank up the central air conditioner to be comfortable. But just a few small changes can go a long way in reducing our carbon footprint, and being energy efficient, while helping saving us save money, too. Read on to find out just how easy it is.
Up to 75% of the energy used for washing your clothes comes from using your water heater, and your dryer is an energy-guzzler, too. Take the heat out of your laundry this summer by washing your clothes in cold water and let Mother Nature take over the drying by employing an old-fashioned washing line. You might be surprised how nice your clothes smell after they’ve been dried in the open air.
Bring down the curtain on the central air conditioner
When the house is sweltering in the summer months, the solution is simple: turn up the central air conditioning. But before you do that, have a look at your windows. Are the curtains, blinds and shades doing their job? They’re not just for our privacy - they’re equally adept at keeping the sun’s rays at bay.
Use your thermostat properly
Set your thermostat as high as is comfortably possible during the summer months. Allow the house to be warmer than normal when you are out, lowering the thermostat only when you’re at home and need it to be cool. Investing in a programmable thermostat will help you do this easily.
It’s estimated that for every degree higher you set your thermostat over 78 degrees Fahrenheit, you can save 6-8% per degree off your home energy bill. So a slight rethink of your summer cooling now could reward you later.
Ceiling the deal
Even if you still need the central air conditioning on, ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting by a few degrees without any discomfort. The circulation will help distribute cool air throughout your house. Also, fans with an ENERGY STAR® label are 20% more efficient on average than standard models.
Don’t dodge the draft
A drafty house in the winter is a very uncomfortable; it’s not so noticeable in the summer, except in those astronomical energy bills. Check all the traditional problem areas in the house to make sure that everything is properly insulated. Make sure windows and doors are properly insulated and have a look at your attic hatch.
You’ll be surprised at how much more energy efficient you can be by insulating properly around power outlets and light switches, especially in older homes. Insulating gaskets are an easy fix. They are inexpensive, can help conserve energy and save money in the long run.
For more ways to help conserve energy, check out this list from the Department of Energy.
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