We know how expensive energy bills can be! Using less energy within your home not only helps you save some bucks, but it’s environmentally-friendly too. There are plenty of ways to reduce your energy consumption – from simply adjusting your daily habits, to making more informed choices about the materials and appliances used in your home.
To help you reduce your power bills, EnergySage has helped us come up with 5 top energy-saving tips to get you underway.
1. Change some of your daily habits
Reducing energy consumption doesn’t have to be hard! It can be as simple as turning off power outlets when you’re not using them, washing your dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher, or hang-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer.
Many homes tend to use most of their energy on heating and cooling. You can reduce your consumption by turning down the heat on your thermostat, using your heat pump less in the winter time, as well as using your air conditioner less during summer.
2. Replace your lightbulbs with energy-efficient ones
Switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient LED’s or compact fluorescent bulbs can reduce your energy consumption by up to 80%. Not only do they help you save on energy, but they last three to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs – meaning you won’t have to replace them as often.
While energy efficient light bulbs are generally more expensive than traditional ones, its long life, and energy efficiency make them a more cost-effective option in the long run.
3. Avoid ‘phantom load’ by making use of smart power strips
A phantom load is any device that still consumes electricity even when turned off but still plugged to an outlet. It’s estimated that 75% of the energy used to source household appliances is consumed when they are switched off. That’s a major source of energy waste! To avoid all of that wasted energy, use smart power strips. They shut the power of household appliances off when they are not in use. They can even be set to turn off at an assigned time through a remote or ‘master’ device.
4. Opt for energy efficient windows
Windows account for about 10-25% of a home’s heat loss – making it a significant source of energy waste. To prevent heat loss through your windows, you can opt for energy efficient ones – like upgrading them to double-pane windows with low-E coatings. However, replacing your windows are an expensive job, so it isn’t cost effective to replace them simply to save energy. If you feel like your windows have worn out over time, and they need replacing, then choosing energy efficient ones are the way to go.
5. Insulate your home
As we’ve said, heating and cooling take up much of a household’s energy consumption – it can use up to 50% of your home’s total energy usage to be exact. Investing in good insulation can save you money on energy costs by reducing the amount of heat that escapes your home. A poorly insulated home can be cold, damp and expensive to heat. So you’ll want to ensure you choose a company that has quality insulation materials that will help reduce your heating and cooling costs drastically.
Here at CosyWall Insulation, we have a team of insulation experts who can help you sort out your insulation needs for a warmer, dryer home that can help you save on energy costs in the long run.
Contact us today for more information on insulating your home.