By: Nicole Keli
Saving money is something that most people can appreciate, whether it be saving a few pennies at the grocery store to saving big bucks on a new car. But one thing that people might not think about is saving energy. Whether we realize it or not, saving money and saving energy go hand in hand. We all want to save a little money and with the following tips you will be able to do that and become an energy efficient home!
Tip #1 : Install a programmable thermostat
The hot summer days can cause us to crank down our thermostats, but then what happens to all that air once we leave? Nothing. It stays comfortably on and runs up our electricity bill while we’re gone. Installing a programmable thermostat would allow for you to set a schedule on when the thermostat comes on and when it goes off, meaning you can enjoy all the cool air you want and not have to worry about it going to waste when your gone.
Tip #2 : Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
With today’s technologies, we are all bound to have more than one digital device in our home. Plugging these devices into a power strip provides you with not only an energy efficient home but also easy access to all your devices in one place.
Tip #3 : Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F and take short showers instead of baths
Setting your water heater to a lower setting not only saves energy and money, as water heaters can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 dollars annually, but also slows the build of minerals and corrosion in your pipes. This means that you save your hard-earned money in the long run on repairs. Although hot baths are relaxing after a hard day of work, consider taking a short hot shower instead to help reduce water loss.
Tip #4 : Wash only full loads of clothes
We all have a favorite shirt or pair of pants that we might give a little more attention to than the rest of our clothes. But, before you push that start button know that you are wasting water and ultimately YOUR money when you only wash a few pieces of clothing at a time. Consider giving some of your other clothes a chance to shine throughout the week and in turn ensure that you have a full load of clothes on laundry day.
Tip #5 : Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle; only wash full loads of dishes and clothes
Make sure before you start that dishwasher cycle with your favorite cup, that you fill it up with other dishware, so that you optimize your energy. Another great tip for energy is allowing your dishes to air dry instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Air drying dishes will also help prevent streaking on your clean dishes.
That’s all folks! With these few low-cost or no-cost energy saving tips you will be saving dollars and planning your next summer vacation in no time! For more information on how to save energy or more tips for your home you can visit www.energy.gov . Be sure to be on the lookout for more posts on money saving tips and how to make the most of your home this summer!