People today are more concerned about protecting the environment than ever before. In fact, more than 75% of people want to find ways to live more sustainably. One of the best things that you as an individual can do to help the environment is to save and conserve energy as much as possible.
Saving energy can help our environment in many different ways, from saving wildlife to conserving the natural resources of our planet. So you know that saving energy is good, but how do you do it? Well thankfully, there are a number of quick and relatively simple things you can do in your everyday life to save energy.
Without any further ado, this blog post is going to look at 10 easy ways to save energy.
Change Your Provider
One of the first things to consider is your provider. Many of us have been using the same energy provider for years, and they might not be the most efficient option. Today, there are more efficient and green energy plan options out there than ever before. If you switch to one of these, it could drastically reduce your carbon footprint and how much energy you are using. Whether you are a business or simply an individual looking to help, making the switch to a green provider can be a good idea. Not only that, but many of these plans can help you save on energy as well.
Turn off the Lights
Next, it is a good idea to turn off the lights. When you’re not in a room, or don’t need any extra lighting, turning the lights off can save a considerable amount of energy. Many people forget about these lights and they can sit on for hours, doing nothing but wasting energy and money. Also, instead of using traditional lights that can be power-hungry and expensive, consider making the switch to energy-efficient LEDS.
Unplug Electronics When Not in Use
Most of us use a ton of electronics in our day to day lives, from TVs, to computers, to phones and several others. While most of us know to turn these off when we’re done with them, we don’t often unplug them. However, we should. This is because even when these items are off, they will use up a bit of energy which is called “phantom loads” as long as they are plugged in. This can also go for your chargers, that most of us leave plugged into the wall 24/7.
Ensure Your Home is Insulated Well
Insulation helps to regulate the temperature in your home and keep you comfortable. It is all about keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If there is limited insulation, you will generally have to waste more energy to heat and cool your home than you would have otherwise. There are a few areas that should be insulated in your home such as your attic, your basement and even the walls.
Limit Your Furnace and Air Conditioner Usage
Even if people have perfectly functioning insulation, many still use their furnace and air conditioner way too much. Unfortunately, this is not only bad for your wallet, but also the planet. As a result, look to limit how often you use these luxuries. There are often plenty of other options you can consider instead. For example, reach for a blanket or jacket instead of cranking up the heat. Also, using a programmable thermostat can be an awesome way to monitor and limit your usage.
Get More Efficient Appliances
The appliances that most of us use on a day-to-day basis are often one of the primary energy hogs in our homes. This includes dishwashers, washing machines, fridges and several others. While an option could be to use them less, this isn’t always possible. Instead, consider purchasing and using more energy efficient versions of your appliances.
Look for Leaks and Drafts
Another helpful way to save energy is by looking for leaks and drafts in your home. These are generally around windows or doors. These let in and out a lot of air, which can make heating or cooling your home more difficult. You will have to run your AC or furnace for longer with leaks to achieve the same results than you would if your home was completely sealed from the outside air. In addition to that, your windows themselves simply might not be very efficient. Getting some thicker and more efficient windows can also help to regulate the temperature in your home.
Be Careful When Washing Clothes
While washing clothes might be a task you never think twice about, it can actually use up a lot of energy. This is especially true if you are running it almost daily with half-full loads. Instead of this, you should only run it with full loads, to minimize the amount of times that it needs to run. Also, in addition to making sure you only run full loads, you should also wash clothes in cold water when possible. This uses much less energy, and most clothes will get just as clean in cold water as they will in hot.
Consider Air Drying Dishes and Clothes if Possible
While drying dishes in the dishwasher or drying clothes in the dryer is quick, it isn’t the most effective use of energy. It takes a lot to heat up these appliances warm enough to dry the items. If you’re able to, you should consider air drying dishes on a drying rack and clothing on a clothing line outside. The wind and outdoor air will dry the clothes effectively, and it likely won’t take you as long as you might have thought to dry dishes on a rack.
Use Window Shades or Curtains
If you have a home that gets a lot of sunlight in, you should invest in some curtains or shades for your windows. In addition to giving you some privacy, these window shades or curtains can also help your home from getting too hot or cold. Without these shades, keeping your home cool on hot and sunny days will be very energy-intensive. Also, using them can keep warm air in on cold and shady days.
In conclusion, we hope this article has been helpful in showing you some great and relatively easy ways to save energy.