Possible ways to conserve energy
If you’re here, you’re likely looking for some new ways to conserve your energy usage at home.
Average households in the United States use about 77 million BTU’s a year, and about 55% of energy use is due to heating and cooling. Other household appliances and electronics and lighting make up the rest.
Let’s go through 11 of the best ways to conserve energy in your home!
Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED
LED bulbs are much more energy-efficient than incandescent. Incandescent bulbs are very ineffecient as about 90% of the energy output goes toward heat, and only 10% goes toward light.
An added bonus, you have to replace them less often. An incandescent bulb can work for about a year, while an LED bulb can last up to 25 years! If you have any light fixtures still using incandescent, it is advised to replace them as they burn out.
Utilize more natural light
This one seems like a no brainer, just open your blinds and curtains. This works best if you have big windows, or if the sun is at the right point to let in the most light during the day. Try this out for a day and see if you really miss having the lights on.
Natural light is also good for us, boosting serotonin and making us happier!
Install solar panels
A very pricy option upfront between $15,000 to $25,000 depending on home size. Over time these will pay for themselves, as the typical solar payback time period is 8 years. This is estimating that you will save about $2,500 yearly in energy costs.
Only wash full loads of clothes
Heating water is one of the most energy-intensive processes, so for peak efficiency, it is best to only wash full loads of clothes. When rating ways to conserve energy, this is one of the best.
Stop washing clothes in hot water
So you have a full load of clothes in the washer, but now you need to choose the temperature. It is best to choose a warm or cold option as opposed to hot. Heating water takes a lot of energy as I already mentioned, so this is a simple yet effective change.
Only run a full dishwasher
Do you run your dishwasher when it isn’t full? If so, consider not doing that. For the best efficiency and energy conservation, only run your dishwasher when it is full of dishes. There is no sense in running it and using so much water for only a small number of dishes.
Unplug and/or turn off electronics
Some electronics that we leave plugged in, such as TV peripherals, computers, and small appliances, can leech energy even if they are off.
Do you go to bed with the TV on, or do you commonly fall asleep watching movies? Set a sleep timer beforehand so that you’re not wasting electricity.
Install a programmable thermostat
Adding a programmable thermostat to your home can save you on heating and cooling costs. In the summer, we set a schedule to have the thermostat higher while we are away from home. Our air conditioner kicks on about 30 minutes before we would normally arrive home. Some studies show you can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs and energy.
Turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth
My parents used to tell me to turn off the water when brushing my teeth all the time. I’m 26 now and still do this. This way to conserve energy is very simple, and can save up to 1000 gallons a year of water! That proves even the smallest changes can make an impact.
Remove old TVs
If you have an old tube TV, it’s time to finally get rid of it or upgrade. I recommend taking it to a recycling facility for proper disposal.
Based on this Quora answer, older TVs use a lot more energy than newer ones.
Dry laundry via a clothesline
Going back to laundry, try going old school and using a clothesline to dry your clothes! If it’s a nice day and you need an excuse to go outside, this could be it. Use the free energy of the sun and wind instead of your dryer.
Final thoughts on ways to conserve energy
Conserving energy is done in small steps here and there. The most energy is used for heating and cooling our homes, while the remainder is due to our electronics, other appliances, and lighting. Hopefully, this article helped you find a couple of new ways to save on your bills and save the planet while you’re at it.
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If you have any other ideas on ways to conserve energy at home, comment below!