Today’s economy has forced many families and individuals to focus on some ways to save money. One of the obvious ways to save money is to save energy by decreasing your consumption of it.
Every energy-efficiency expert has a list of ways that you can do. Unfortunately, most of their recommendations involve spending money that you may not have to invest in energy-efficient consumer products or whole-house systems.
The following is a list of 17 simple ways to save energy without breaking the bank.
Be more efficient when using your kitchen appliances.
1. Involve your children
Find some energy-efficient games to play with your kids in order to teach them the value of less consumption and saving money. Teach them to let you know when energy is being wasted due to leaving appliances, lighting, and other switches on.
2. Open your curtains
Letting sunshine illuminate a room doesn’t cost you a thing when you consider that you won’t be using your lighting. During the winter, this will also help to warm the room up and save you money on heating costs.
3. Unplug your appliances when not in use
Most people don’t realize that your appliances still use energy when they are turned off. Even wall chargers use energy when not charging anything. When you are not making use of your appliances, unplug them to save even more electricity.
Learn to cook more efficiently
4. Heat your home after cooking
When you are cooking, this is an ideal time to lower your thermostat and consume less energy. For instance, when you are done baking something in the oven, leave the door open on it and let the heat escape. This will warm up your kitchen.
5. Let your dishwasher do the bulk of the dish cleaning for you
You don’t have to pre-wash everything that goes into the dishwasher. Some minor scraping and rinsing with cold water will remove a large percentage of the food remnants on your plates.
6. Save time by cooking more
Whenever you bake in the oven or cook on your stovetop, make a few meals at a time. It will help you to save a considerable amount of time, but more importantly, it will save energy and money.
7. Take it easy on your freezer and fridge
If you keep these two appliances full, they won’t use as much energy. It will help you to save money on your electricity bill every month.
8. Use the right pan with the right stove ring
If your stovetop has different sized burner rings use the appropriate saucepan or skillet when cooking. In other words, put smaller pots on small rings and larger skillets on larger rings.
Additionally, use the appropriate size pot or skillet according to the quantity of food you are cooking in it.
Use heating efficiently by:
9. Cutting costs and staying warm in the process
Turning your thermostat down 1° can result in significant savings. Set your thermostat to 68° during the winter.
10. Getting cozier
During the wintertime, layer your clothing to keep warm as the days get cooler. Additionally, throw an extra blanket, duvet, or comforter on your bed.
11. Putting curtains and carpets
Both cold and heat are transmitted through the windows and floors. During the winter, using curtains and carpets to eliminate cold spots can save up to 25% on the electricity bill.
Wash clothing more efficiently
12. Decrease your hot water usage
When you consider that 90% of the energy that is used when running your washing machine, it makes sense to turn the water temperature down by washing your garments and other items in cooler or cold water.
13. Give your dryer a break
Start hanging your laundry outdoors on a clothesline instead of running multiple dryer loads. Not only will your clothes dry effectively, they will smell just as nice as if you used a fabric sheet (and those can get very expensive over time).
14. Save time when ironing your clothing
You can iron your clothing a lot quicker if you remove them from the dryer before they have dried completely. Plus, it will require less energy to run the drier.
Whole-home efficiency with government grants
The Government offers a number of perks for those individuals who practice whole-home efficiency. In addition to incentives and tax breaks, consider the following:
15. Free loft insulation
It’s quite possible that you could quickly be losing up to 25% of your heat through your loft. You could be saving up to 20% on your utility bills by getting approved for a loft-insulation grant from the government.
16. Free solar panels
Using solar panels to power your home is one of the most effective ways of decreasing electricity consumption and saving you some serious money every year. You may even find professionals and technicians that will install solar panels at no charge to you because of the breaks they receive for installing these energy-saving devices.
17. Free wall cavity insulation
The Government offers full and partial grants to help you pay for insulation for those walls in your home that have cavities. Not only will this save you up to 15% of the energy you are currently using, but it could also save you over $100 per year on your monthly utility bills.
Additionally, you should apply for a government-backed energy-saving grant. You can search for these online and probably find dozens to apply for.
Planning for an Energy-Efficient Home
You should invest some money in your home and “go green” so that you can save big money on the cost of utilities every year. Granted, it will be a sizeable investment initially, but within a short money, the savings you achieve will far exceed what you paid up front.
More importantly, you will enjoy the knowledge and independence that you gain by going with a renewable energy system in the future.
Renewable energy systems can be used to meet all or part of your electricity demands by employing one of the following technologies:
- hydropower or micro-hydro power systems
- small hybrid (solar and wind) electric systems
- small scale solar electric systems
- small scale wind electric systems
Planning out a home with a renewable energy system takes work. Of that, you can be certain. But if you do the necessary research, educate yourself about it, and analyze your current energy consumption, you’ll be able to determine what will work best for you.
Remember, the less energy you consume, the more money you will save.