Edison invented the light bulb in 1882 but it was not commonly used in households until about 50 years later. So we’ve only been paying for electricity for less than a century… but that’s long enough! What better way to stick it to the man and save some money than by life-hacking your energy costs. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll be saving the environment. Using less energy causes less carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, leading to cleaner and healthier air! To help, we compiled a list of some ways you can cut your energy costs while being more eco-friendly…
I use a Google Nest myself and I love it! It optimizes the temperature in my house at specific times during the day/night so that I’m not heating or cooling my house while I’m not there.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Think of all of the appliances in your home that use energy and ask yourself if they could be more energy efficient- like LED light bulbs. Also, keeping appliance filters clean allows them to be more efficient!
Cut Down On Water Usage
We all love those long hot showers at the beginning or end of the day, but they don’t come cheap. Unfortunately, luxury comes at a price.
Lower The Temperature
Come bedtime, set the temperature in your home to cool down during the night. Sleepadvisor.org seconds that by stating, “…rooms with temperatures in the range of 60 to 68 degrees stimulate the production of melatonin, which encourages sleep.”
Turn Off & Unplug What You’re Not Using
Again, take a second to observe the things in your home that are plugged in or turned on that are not currently being used.
Utilize The Natural Environment
Solar panels have become an increasingly popular source of clean green energy. Another way you could use sunlight to save energy costs is to control temperature by letting in or blocking out the sunlight. If that’s still not cutting it, try another natural technique by air-drying your laundry like the good old days.
Those little cracks and crevasses letting cold or hot air seep into your home can build up over time and cost you a pretty penny- so be sure to seal those babies up!
No Ghost Loads
Make sure that when running appliances such as your fridge, freezer, laundry, oven & dishwasher, they’re full to the brim so you’re not wasting any precious energy on empty space. It might be wise not to ghost load your home either.
Use Room Temperature Instead Of Heat When You Can
Obviously this doesn’t apply to your oven but when you do the dishes and laundry, try avoiding the heat setting. If you’re dedicated enough, try this in the shower too!
What are dryer balls? Well according to Independent.co.uk, “The balls work by soaking up excess water and bouncing around the tumble dryer, naturally softening clothes. They also help improve airflow in the dryer which shortens dry time.”
If these don’t help you cut enough energy costs, maybe an energy audit will. Most utility companies provide this service so just check out your provider’s website for more info.
This article was written in honor of National Cut Your Energy Costs Day & Thomas Edison… a gentleman, and a scholar.