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!
1. Lighting one of the Easiest Places to Start Saving Energy
Switch to ENERGY STAR 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. Also, simply turning off lights when no one is around can lead to impressive cost savings.
2. Use Advanced Power Strips
Consumer electronics can consume 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.
3. Laundry Savings
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.
4. Saving Water Also Helps Save Energy
Using less water in the shower will reduce demand on water heaters and save. Showering accounts for almost 17% of water use in homes, and an average family 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. You’ll use less water and energy per dish. Turn off water when brushing your teeth.
5. Use Curtains or Blinds to Keep Warm or Cool
Keeping intense sunlight out can keep your home naturally cooler and reduce the AC bill. Letting in warm sunlight when it’s chilly can lower your heating bill and also reduce the need for lighting.
6. Keep Air Vents Clear of Furniture so Air Can Circulate Freely
Make sure that there are no objects blocking air vents. This can prevent air from circulating properly and lead to an increased use of air conditioning and heaters.
7. 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 cools as soon as you turn it on and helps save energy.
Simple steps can lead to big results. Helping California stay golden for generations is something we can all be a part of. Be sure to check back on Rent-One for more great tips and advice!