With fall and winter around the corner, chilly weather and higher energy bills are imminent (unless you live in the southern. In order to keep yourself warm and comfortable, you‘ll soon need to start heating your home. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can save energy and money this fall.
Turn it off
Artificial lighting can account for up to 15% of your home’s electricity use, so turn off the lights when you’re not occupying a room. TVs, entertainment systems and computers are also energy-eaters, and can increase the cost. Shut them down when they aren’t in use. You can even schedule your computer and TV to periodically go into sleep mode or shut off.
Energy saving light bulbs
It’s a good idea to replace your old incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They’re much more energy efficient, last 10 times longer and give off the same amount of light. Just remember to recycle your old CFL bulbs properly at a hazardous waste depot or participating store near you.
Power bars allow you to use multiple electronic devices and can also save you money on your energy bill. Invest in a few of these, but make sure they have on/off switches. This is key because you’ll want to switch the power bar off when not in use–this will kill current flow, which means no energy will be used.
Showers instead of baths
Showers are much better than baths when it comes to decreasing your energy bill. In fact, having a bath wastes approximately three times the energy and water compared to a five-minute shower. You could also install a low-flow showerhead and faucet for additional savings.
Heat your home naturally
On sunny days, leave your blinds and drapes open and let nature heat your home. Be sure to close them at night to keep heat from escaping!
Keep your fridge and freezer full
It takes less energy to cool a full fridge and freezer than an empty one. If you can’t keep your fridge and freezer stocked with food, fill containers with water and place them inside. This will take up room and keep your energy bill down.
Which one of these tips will you try first? Do you already save energy at home?
Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.