Use Energy Wisely & Save Money
Are you looking for a way to counter the rising cost of energy bills? Or are you merely looking for ways to be kind to the environment? If so, this article is for you.
When it comes to cutting down on utility bills and conserving energy, small changes can go a long way to making a big difference in both your budget and in the environment. Sometimes more significant changes are in order, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Below are a few tips to help take steps toward your energy-saving goals.
Switch It Off
Turning off the lights, the television and other electronics when you’re finished with them is not only an eco-friendly habit, but it can also save you money. Shutting down your computer overnight and using a timer for your pool heater and filter will also help save on energy consumption.
Consider an Alternative Heating Method
Is your type of heating system the most cost efficient way to heat your home? Depending on the size of your home, the availability and cost of heating materials and resources, having an alternate form of heat could save you a lot of money. Wood stoves and pellet stoves are interesting options where oil and electricity come at a high cost. Besides, is there anything more relaxing than sitting in front of a crackling fire?
If you like the idea of a wood burning stove but do not want the hassle of continually feeding the fire, a pellet stove might be just what you need. It also eliminates the need to split, pile and store wood. Most pellet stoves do require electricity however, in order to feed the fire. This is a great example of a type of stove that will allow you to heat your home at a fraction of the cost compared to heating with electricity only.
Use a Grill Instead of a Stove
Your oven is one of the most energy consuming appliances. Choosing to use your barbecue, especially within the summer months, is an excellent alternative to using your stovetop. Many things can also be barbecued instead of baked.
Making the switch will not only save you money, but will also motivate your family to go outside; enjoying an amazing, tasty dinner on the patio.
Make Your Home Airtight
Sealing your home can help save energy. Not only does it retain the heat, but also keeps the heat out when you want to keep your home cool in summer. Look for areas where air can easily enter or escape. Areas such as around windows, doors and electric outlets can be especially problematic.
Use Hot Water Wisely
Lowering the thermostat on your hot water tank can serve at least two purposes: First, you’ll be sure no one will scald themselves, and second; you’ll be sure to cut down drastically on your heating bill. Using a shower filter can help with hard water and chlorine removal in an affordable way.
Try taking a tepid shower instead of a hot one, and try to reduce the time spent shower. Also, make sure your dishwasher is loaded to full capacity before running it.
Of course, there are any more adjustments that can be made to improve your household’s energy consumption. Try starting with making just a few changes and you’ll see how satisfying it is to know that your family is making the best possible use of our precious energy.