The average American household spends up to $2,000 every year on energy consumption and yet
in the 21st century it is possible to cut this figure in half by using a mixture of common sense and modern equipment. To put this into perspective you can take a very nice week’s vacation for two for $1,000.
Without further ado, here are some simple ways to cut your energy bills
Change Incandescent Light Bulbs
Possibly the first thing you should do is to change incandescent light bulbs to CFL bulbs. These will save as much as 75% of the electricity and last seven times as long. At around eight cents per kilowatt hour over the course of a year you will save, on average, up to $35 over the lifetime of each bulb.. Count up the number of light bulbs in your home and do the math. According to Energy Star just changing the five most frequently used bulbs in your home will save $60 a year.
Bulbs with the Energy Star label will give you the greatest savings. Remember that if you use CFL bulbs in light fittings that have dimmer switches you need special bulbs. You should find the information on the label.
Whenever you shop for new appliances look for the Energy Star label. On an average household energy bill of $2,000 a year Energy Star says that by using accredited appliances you can save around $600 a year. You don’t need to rush out and change all your appliances tomorrow, but if you replaced an eight year old refrigerator with a new Energy Star one you would save $110 a year on that alone.
Electronic Devices On Stand By Mode
According to the Department of Energy something like 75% of the use of electricity by electronic devices occurs when they are in stand by mode. Either switch them off or plug them all into a power strip and switch that off. Some power strips have outlets that always have power even when the strip itself is switched off. These have a main outlet for the computer and when you switch off the computer the power strip will also shut down printers, scanners and so on. By switching electronics off and not leaving them on standby you will save an average $100 a year.
House Thermal Insulation
Seal and insulate your home. You can add extra insulation to your attic and block air leaks and draughts using weather stripping. Done correctly this can save as much as 20% on your home heating and cooling bills.
If you don’t use hot water all day and every day you are wasting electricity by keeping the water hot all day and night. Fitting a water heater timer means that it will only heat the water when you need it. Why have hot water at two o’clock in the morning if you don’t need it?
Air Conditioning Units
Most air conditioning units consume more electricity than they need to. If yours is sitting in the sun all day it already uses an extra 10%. Try planting quick growing shrubs to give it some shade. If installing a new unit, situate it on the north side of the house. Every two or three years have the unit inspected by a engineer to check on the electrics and the refrigerant. Always ensure that the filter is changed or cleaned in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
Using Less Water
Save money on water by simply not letting taps run while you brush your teeth or shave. If you are watering the yard, use grey water – water from a bath or washing up. Also try to water plants in the early morning or evening when it is cool. You will use less water since the plants will take it up rather than it being evaporated by the sun.
In some of these cases the individual amounts you will save may not seem to be very big, but added together over the course of a year you can easily make savings of up to $1,000. Not only do you save money, but it’s good for the environment too.
Article written by Raul Lucian/ 100AutoInsuranceQuotes.com