Update Your Lighting to Improve Energy Efficiency
When a traditional incandescent light bulb burns out, replace it with a more efficient LED bulb. This type of bulb is widely available and you can find a range of options including tube lights, lamps, and even decorative lighting pieces that are more energy-efficient than their older counterparts. Some modern LED bulbs also have smart features, meaning you can power them on or off and control the brightness of the light from an app on your smartphone.
Change the HVAC Filter
Make it a habit to clean your HVAC system’s air filters regularly. Dirty filters cause your system to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Change the filter every 30 days or as directed by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system. Begin each season with a new air filter to extend the life expectancy of your HVAC system and make your home more energy-efficient.
Unplug Unused Appliances
Instead of keeping your appliances and devices plugged in all day, unplug them and only turn them on when needed. Even if an appliance is not being used, many still draw electricity. Don’t leave phone chargers and computers plugged in when they are not being used.
In the summer, save money on the power bill by using the dishwasher and laundry machines at night rather than during daytime hours. These appliances, and others, generate heat when they are running. Using them in the evenings will help keep your home cooler during the heat of the day.
Seal Your Home to Improve Energy Efficiency
Gaps and cracks around windows and doors are a big cause of wasted energy. In the summer, the gaps allow warm air into your home. This makes it more difficult to cool living spaces, increasing utility costs and forcing the air conditioning system to work harder. In winter, these gaps allow warm air from inside to escape.
Inspect your windows and doors, looking for areas with air leaks. Use weatherstripping or caulk to fill cracks, holes, and gaps. This is an easy DIY project that can result in substantial savings each month.
Making your home more energy-efficient is simple if you change a few habits in your household. Adjust your lifestyle and get your family on board with the changes. You’ll become a more energy-efficient consumer and reduce your monthly electric bill.