15 Habits to Improve Energy Efficiency
Simple ways to improve energy efficiency daily
1. Draw the blinds during the day. Keep the hot sun from turning your home into a greenhouse by keeping the heat out of your home and the cool air in.
2. Set your thermostat to 85 when you’re out and 78 when you’re in. During hot summer days while you are out and about, keep your thermostat set at 85. When you’re hanging out at home, 78 degrees is the optimal temperature for comfort and energy efficiency.
3. Run your ceiling fans clockwise. Instead of using air conditioning, run your ceiling fans clockwise when it’s hot to pull warm air up and push cool air down. Remember to turn all ceiling fans off when you leave your home.
4. Nix the game console for viewing entertainment. If you're a streaming video fan, be sure not to watch those movies using your video game console. They use 45 times the amount of electricity that a smart TV does.
5. Load up your washer. Only use your washing machine when you have a full load. A small load wastes water and precious energy.
6. Air dry your clothing. Whenever possible, air dry your clothes. Not only will you save energy, but the fabric will last longer and look crisper.
7. Cut that dry cycle short. Let your dishes air dry instead of using the drying cycle. Just turn it off before it starts. Can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
8. Turn “sleep mode” on. Screensavers on your computer can cost you in energy over time. Turn on the sleep mode instead.
9. Limit your use of portable heaters. One portable heater can cost almost 20 cents an hour to run. The cost of using one for 8 hours a day everyday can cost you close to $50 a month.
10. Watch your refrigerator temperature. The optimal temperature to keep your fridge at between 30 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Any lower than that is energy wasted.
11. Unplug your battery charger. Have a battery charger? Unplug it when you're not charging. Never thought of that? Mind = blown.
12. Open your blinds and curtains on cold days. The sun is your friend. On cold but sunny days, throw open your blinds and let the rays heat the interior of your house.
13. Get rid of pans with loose fitting lids. Tight fitting lids on pots and pans can reduce the energy needed to cook a meal. Make sure yours fit to cut heat loss, also reduces cooking time.
14. Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot water. This simple change can add up to big time energy and money savings over time.
15. Make the most of your microwave. Microwaves use up to 80% less energy that their stove counterpart. Think about that next time you use the stove to reheat leftover lasagna.
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