Save the planet—and your wallet! There are a lot of low or no-cost actions you can incorporate at home to better manage your energy use. Below are some tips to be more energy efficient and to make your home more comfortable. Simple steps can lead to big results!
Lighting: One of the Easiest Places to Start Saving Energy
Switch to certified LED bulbs on your most used light fixtures. LED light bulbs use up to 85% less energy than 40W incandescent bulbs and last about 25 times longer. Consider using a simple timer and remember that turning off lights when no one is around can lead to impressive cost savings.
Use Advanced Power Strips
Consumer electronics can devour a significant amount of energy even when switched off. This is called vampire energy. A power strip makes it easy to turn everything off with just one click. Advanced power strip models offer options like timers or the ability to set a master device to shut down everything else when it’s turned off.
Unlike dishwashers, washing machines don’t require a minimum temperature for the best cleaning. Use cold water for full loads of laundry. Cold water gets your clothes just as clean as hot water and uses less energy.
Saving Water Also Helps Save Energy
Using less water for showering and in your appliances will reduce demand for water heaters and savings will stack up. Showering accounts for almost 17% of water use in homes, and an average household uses about 40 gallons of water per day in the shower. A 10-minute shower can use less water than a full bath. Fill the dishwasher all the way before you run it. You’ll use less water and energy per dish.
Let the Sun Shine in, or Don’t!
Keeping intense sunlight out can keep your home naturally cooler and reduce your AC bill. Letting in warm sunlight when it’s chilly can lower your heating bill and also reduce the need for lighting. Plus, sunlight is great for your mood!
Keep Furniture and Clutter Away from Air Vents
Make sure that there are no objects blocking air vents. Heat blowing on your furniture can be damaging, and it also prevents air from circulating properly. If your warm or cool air isn’t circulating effectively, you’ll end up increasing your usage.
Use Fans for Hotter Days
Fans are a great alternative to air conditioning. A fan can make a room feel 3-7 degrees cooler instantly! A fan starts cooling as soon as you turn it on and helps save energy.
Small Steps Can Yield Big Results
Simple steps can save the world—or at least some cash. And helping California stay golden for generations is something we can all be a part of. For more great tips on saving energy, check out these great tips from PG&E and be sure to check back on Rent-One for more great tips and advice!