Probably you have heard that when you save energy, you help the planet and cut power bills. Now that you are a homeowner, you have done the basics such as using energy-efficient bulbs and stopping the thermostat of the fan, what else can you do? The truth is that you can save some bucks off your monthly bill if you adopted energy-saving measures. These are some of the measures.
Using Electricity During Off-peak Hours
Usually, a lot of people use electricity during the daytime. That creates a lot of strain on the grid system. Therefore, running your clothes washer, dishwasher, and other appliances and gadgets at night can help conserve energy.
Break Out Ice Trays
Usually, refrigerators are designed to make ice cubes. If you do not require ice cubes every day, it is an energy consuming feature. Thus, you should consider using old-fashioned ice boxes to help cut the fridge’s energy usage by over 20%.
Wrap the Water Heater
Even if your water heater is energy efficient, it will still lose a lot of heat through the outer frame. In this case, putting the fiberglass blanket can help trim up to 10% of your water heating bill. In fact, if you have not yet done so, you need to turn down the water temperature to save on energy costs.
As far as replacing the water heater is concerned, you should go for a tankless model rather than a traditional one. The truth is that tankless water heaters heat the water if you turn on faucets. However, the tanked counterparts will keep on heating. In this way, you can save a lot of energy.
Use Motion Sensors
Maybe you like turning off the lights whenever you leave the room. What about your kids? They can leave lights on even overnight. Thus, it is a good idea to purchase some motion sensors that are programmed to turn off the lights whenever you leave a room.
Kill the Vampire Power
Vampire power is a term used to describe wasted electricity that is produced by electronic gadgets when plugged into outlets or chargers. Other than unplugging them, large units such as stereos and TVs can be plugged into the power outlet and turned off whenever not in use.
Do an Energy Audit
This is a process where experts come to your property and identify different ways that can help save your energy. In fact, it is like the professional organizer doing the cleaning up of the closets.