15 Energy Saving Tips – How to Save Energy at Home

All of us know that we could do our part better when it comes to saving energy at home. However, we are often confused as to where to start and we worry about the costs of becoming more eco-friendly.

There are many lifestyle changes we can make without breaking the bank. What’s more, these changes will even help you save hundreds of dollars on gas and electricity bills, as well as heating. So, if you’re ready to start spending less, check out these 15 energy saving tips.

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Energy saving tips for summer

Each season has its money-spending needs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cut your household’s spending with a few tricks.

  1. Save energy by setting your TV and lamps away from the room air-conditioning thermostat. The air conditioning might run longer because it senses constant heat from these devices.
  2. In the same vein, try setting your air conditioning as low as comfortable. Go from 72°F to 78°F and you will pay somewhere between 6 and 18 percent less on your cooling bill.
  3. Don’t forget about eco-friendly lighting! Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. It’s not just one of the best ways to save on the energy bill, but they will also last longer. That means less money spent on frequent replacements.
  4. Do you use air conditioning during the summer? Add a ceiling fan to the mix. It will allow you to still be comfortable while you raise the thermostat setting about 4°F. Keep in mind, however, that fans should be turned off when you leave the room.
  5. You don’t have to worry about wasted energy during the hours when you’re at work or simply not at home. Invest in a programmable thermostat and use it to automatically turn off your cooling system when you’re away. You can also turn the system on in time for the house to cool down by the time you arrive.
  6. Looking for energy saving tips for apartments? Don’t leave your computer on all day. That could cost you about $75 per year. Unplug electronics (TV sets, laptops, game consoles) and appliances (refrigerator, washing machine) when not in use. Buy multiple-outlet strips to make your task easier.
  7. Plan your landscaping in such a way that you can use their shade to help cool down your house. Properly placed trees could save you $100-$250 each year.

Energy saving tips for winter

While air conditioning might be your biggest expense during summer, winter comes with a different kind of needs. See how you can survive the cold season without burning through your savings.

  1. Insulate your home. It’s a simple solution that will prevent heat from escaping – or cold from entering your home. This will significantly lower your heating bills.
  2. Save on holiday lights. Use LEDs (light emitting diodes) instead of your regular Christmas lights. According to energy.gov, LEDs are not only 75 percent more efficient, but they also last up to 25 times longer.
  3. Adjust the curtains and blinds. Conserving energy can be as easy as making sure you close your shades at night to protect the rooms against cold drafts. During the day, keep your curtains open to make the best of the warming sunlight.
  4. Don’t forget to turn off the lights! If you’re going on a skiing trip this winter, your electricity bill will be lower if you turn the lights off.
  5. Tweak the water heater setting. One of the best energy saving tips during the winter is reducing energy consumption by simply lowering the water heater. Do this when you’re at home (and avoid scalding showers), but especially if go away on vacation.
  6. Don’t waste the oven’s leftover heat. The oven retains heat for 15 to 30 minutes after you turn it off. It’s free heat – use it to freshen cookies or warm up desserts.
  7. Draught-proof your house. People often overlook the fact that warm air can escape and cold air can come in through unwanted gaps in the house. Conserving warm air means you’ll need less energy to heat your home.
  8. Switch from stove to microwave. During the winter, it is most energy-efficient to try cooking in your microwave rather than on your stove. Microwaves use two-thirds less energy than stoves.

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Bonus: Office energy saving tips

Even though we’ve been focusing on energy saving tips at home, we also wanted to give you some brief suggestions about saving some money in the office as well. These tips come in handy for small businesses and bigger ones alike.

  • Use the hibernation feature on computers and laptops. Don’t let your office’s devices to go on standby during lunch breaks. Screen savers still consume a lot of energy. The hibernation feature reduces costs and allows workers to pick up where they left off.
  • Turn off electronics at the end of the day – as well as the lights! While the hibernation setting is useful during the day, everyone should make a habit of turning off their computers or laptops when they go home.
  • Temperature in the office should be set based on the season – and time of day. In the winter, the thermostat should not go higher than 68 degrees during the day. At night or when no one is in the office, 55 degrees is advisable. In the summer, you will save energy by setting the thermostat at 78 degrees or more.

As you can see, becoming more eco-savvy is not such a complicated or expensive thing. Setting the new rules in the house gradually can be a good thing – especially when there are children involved. Talk to all the household members about the changes and decide together what’s best for everyone.

What other energy saving tips do you use to keep your electricity and gas bills low? Let us know in the comments below!

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William E. Eubanks
 

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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