7 Ways To Conserve Energy In Your Home

There can be a certain sense of pride when it comes to reducing your energy bill. Maybe you’ve considered choosing a home solar system to help conserve energy and enjoy the benefits of net metering.

But, since solar panel systems can be pretty pricey, you may want to start with some simpler ways to save energy. To help kickstart your savings, here are 7 ways you can reduce energy usage in your home.

1.  Switch To LED Light Bulbs

Light bulbs can be a significant source of energy loss. Incandescent bulbs shed energy in the form of heat and are the least efficient type of light bulb a homeowner can use. Instead of opting for a marginally better bulb, take the plunge and swap your light bulbs out for LED bulbs.

An LED light bulb uses far less energy than any other type of light bulb, so you don’t have to worry that a light has been left on. Also, as these bulbs use so little electricity, they last far longer than other bulbs, as they don’t get burnt out with the flow of electricity.

2.  Opt For A Smart Thermostat

There’s nothing like leaving the house, and already be stuck in traffic on the way to work only to realize you left the AC or heat going. Since you don’t want to be late for work, you just have to eat the costs of having your thermostat making your home habitable for no one. But, by choosing to have a smart thermostat, you aren’t stuck.

A smart thermostat can be preprogrammed to accommodate your schedule. That way, you don’t even need to think about it when you head out the door. Also, you can access your smart thermostat from your compatible smartphone, allowing you to remotely adjust the temperature and turn the system on or off.

There is a good array of smart thermostats available, so you have plenty to choose from that will be compatible with your existing technology.

3.  Have An Electrical Inspection

If there are any issues with the electrical systems in your home, you could be losing energy for no reason. Depending on the severity of the electrical flaw, you may also be in danger of an electrical fire.

Rather than run these risks, you can have a licensed electrician do an electrical inspection. This residential electrical service has an electrician review all the electrical systems, looking for potential issues and areas where things can be improved.

By the end of the inspection, you will receive a detailed list of problems, concerns, and upgrade recommendations. Some of these you may be able to take care of on your own, but you may need professional help with issues such as overloaded circuits that are taxing your electrical system.

4.  Ensure Your Home Is Weatherized

A weatherized home is one where the various cracks and leaks in your home where air freely travels between the outdoors and indoors are all sealed up.

Now, you may be thinking that you don’t have cracks in your home. But think about your exterior doors. Can you ever feel air moving around them or hear the wind whistling? Maybe you heard it around your windows where the caulking has peeled up?

These areas—along with your attic and basement—can be areas where you are losing your desired heating or cooling and wasting energy as a result. Rather than just living with those losses, you can apply caulk to the stationary areas, i.e., windows, door frames. As for areas where you need to open and close things—like the exterior doors—you can apply foam strips to help prevent air leaks.

5.  Invest In Energy-Efficient Windows

While windows generally don’t have cracks where you lose heat and cooling, your windows may represent a significant loss of energy. Single-panel windows and non-energy efficient windows are often responsible for the temperature fluctuations in your home, as they aren’t properly insulated.

Energy-efficient windows are clearly marked so that you can find them easily. They are considered energy-efficient since they are highly insulated. That way, no matter the ideal temperature you are trying to maintain, your energy-efficient windows will work for you, not against you.

Once you have decided to invest in upgrading your windows, be sure you find the right window contractor to take care of the installation.

6.  Choose Green Appliances

Speaking of energy efficiency, major home appliances such as clothes washers, refrigerators, and your dishwasher can be significant energy hogs. Non-efficient machines often require larger amounts of electricity to operate and can make your power bill steadily climb.

By choosing green—aka energy-efficient—appliances for your home, you can cut down on the energy wasted when you use your appliances.

7.  Hang-Dry Laundry

Now, you don’t have to rely on appliances to take care of simple tasks, like drying your laundry. If you are committed to cutting down on your energy usage, it may be time to start hang-drying your laundry.

On average, in the U.S., it costs $0.45 to dry a load of laundry. Since that’s literal pennies, it can be easy to shrug off those savings. However, how many times have you only done a single load of laundry?

Say that you do 5 loads of laundry a week. That’s $2.25 saved by hang-drying your laundry. Over the course of a month, that savings equal $9 a month. And, if you hang-dry for a year, you can save $108 over the course of the year.

Obviously, these numbers will vary depending on how much electricity costs in your area and how many loads of laundry you do. It won’t always be the same amount. Also, as any parent of young children will tell you, thinking that you will only do 5 loads of laundry is ludicrously optimistic.

Now, you don’t have to do all these things at once to help save energy. As you implement the energy-saving tips that make sense for your household and budget, you can reap the benefits even by making a few alterations. Just remember, every little bit adds up and helps!