How To Conserve Energy at Home: What You Can Do

Guest Post by Andrew Dang.

People are constantly looking for new and improved ways to save energy everywhere they go. They frequently try to save energy at work. They try to save energy in their own homes as well. If you want to be an energy conservation champion in your residential space, these helpful strategies can change your daily existence for the better.

Don’t Use A Dishwasher

If you want to save a pretty penny at home, you should refrain from using a dishwasher. Or, at the very least, you should refrain from using your dishwasher to dry your dishes whenever possible. Just say No to the drying cycle feature that’s part of your household appliance. It’s an energy guzzler! Instead, take the hassle-free air-drying route.

Run Only Full Loads

If you want to save a significant amount of energy, you should avoid doing laundry until you can fill your washing machine completely. Do the same with your dishwasher. Steer clear of running either appliance when only partially full.

Turn Off The Lights

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Be mindful of your presence in certain parts of your residential property. If you’re not present in a specific section of your home, switch all incandescent lighting off. These lights mostly release heat, after all, and that costs you money.

Adjust Your Thermostat Gradually

People who are serious about conserving energy should always tweak home temperatures in a gradual manner. Refrain from doing so rapidly and abruptly.  Extreme temperature changes will put undo strain on your heating or cooling system, making it use more energy. It may even cause your system to trip (stop working) so as not to become overloaded. And starting it back up again will take employ significant amounts of energy as well.

Replace Outdated Appliances

If you have any household appliances that have been in your life for a long period of time, consider swapping them out with new and fresh options as soon as possible. Outdated household appliances tend to be nowhere near as energy  efficient as their new counterparts. That’s the reason that operating them is generally a lot more expensive.

Change Your Furnace Filter

Replace or clean the filters in your furnace on a routine basis in order to keep things running smoothly and easily. You should try to do this at least every three months, though monthly is even better. Filters that are soiled and full of debris make the flow of air more sluggish. This can put a lot of pressure on your system and make it far less energy-efficient.

Consider Your Curtains

Opening the drapes and blinds to the sun when it’s cold out can add natural heat to your home. And closing the blinds or curtains to the sun when it’s hot out will help keep you cooler with less strain on your air conditioner. Insulated drapery can also help conserve energy by moderating the loss of heated or cooled air through your windows.

Use Central Heating and Cooling

Central heating and cooling systems tend to be the most economical route in many situations. It can be a lot more economical than employing a heater or window air conditioner in a single part of your home. Your utility company can help advise you on this.

Use A Dehumidifier

In addition to a central heating and cooling system, a dehumidifier is also a great way to save on energy costs. That’s because lower humidity can make you feel cooler, thus decreasing the need to lower the thermostat. A dehumidifier can also help improve efficiency on older HVAC systems because removing extra moisture from the air produces less load on the system itself.

Use A Water Heater Timer

A water heater timer can definitely save you energy and reduce your energy costs. Timers have the ability to shut water heaters off in the evening when everyone is sleeping. They are also capable of shutting off the water heater when you’re away from your residence.

Insulate Hot Water Pipes

Hot water pipe insulation can go a long way for people who are looking to decrease their costs dramatically. This insulation can minimize the loss of heat greatly, first and foremost. It can boost the temperature of your water considerably, too, and that can help people who wish to decrease the expenses associated with heating their water.

Try A Pressure Cooker

Using a pressure cooker tends to slash cooking duration by roughly 50 percent or so.  If you arein the mood to enjoy a fast and tasty meal, a pressure cooker can definitely save you time, energy, and money.

Pull The Plugs

Look around your home and concentrate on any and all household appliances and chargers you spot. Then pull the plug on any you aren’t using. Even if they aren’t turned on, these items draw electricity just by being plugged into the wall, believe it or not. And that wastes energy and costs you money.

Use A Clothesline

Clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy hogs in our homes. So aim to minimize dryer use after you do your laundry. You can save a lot of money simply by hanging your clotheson a line to dry.

These suggestions will help you conserve energy in your home and keep more money in your wallet. I hope you’ll give them a try!

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Andrew Dang is a DIY-er and the founder of Simply Home Tips where he shares his experience on home improvement and do-it-yourself projects.