Do a Home Energy Audit to Reduce Electric Bills. Preserving energy is a economical thing practically anyone can do to preserve natural resources. Kick off little and add more energy saving techniques as the comfort level grows.
Switch Off Electronics
Turn off electronics equipment is not in use e.g turn off the monitor and computer to save power and lower energy bills. Change from a desktop to a laptop that usually consume less power. Unplug equipment at the end of the day. E.g TVs, DVD players, small kitchen appliances and anything else that my draw even a small amount of electricity.
Savings on Large Appliance
Even though large appliances has made life much easier. Conveniences use power and cost money to run.
• Switch off the dry cycle on the dishwasher and allow the dishes to air dry.
• Delay until the dishwasher is full to run it.
• Let foods to reach room temperature before placing them in the refrigerator than putting them in hot.
• Consume cold water to wash clothes.
• Changing large appliances buy items with Energy Star symbol.
• Use a toaster oven than large oven for small tasks.
Cutback on Lights
Remember to turn off lights when no one is using them. Old misconception of it takes more energy to turn the light on and leaving it on has been proven incorrect. Bulb not only uses electricity when it’s on but also it heats up the area. Below are some ways to save electricity with lighting:
• Substitute incandescent bulbs with fluorescent lights.
• Utilise the lowest watt bulb needed.
• Fit skylights when possible.
• Invest on motion sensor outdoors.
• Decorate with LED lights for Christmas trees and holiday lighting.
Cutback on Heating and Cooling
Heaters and Air conditioners use a significant amount of energy. Mostly half of the electricity used in the home is for heating and cooling. This waste power and cost money also there is a significant amount of carbon dioxide that is being released into the atmosphere. Some ways to save electricity on cooling and heating:
• Replace filters regularly.
• Put the thermostats low in the winter and higher in the summer. The couple of degrees can make a big difference in the amount of power that is being used.
• Close the Outlets in rooms that are not being used.
• Cover the cracks and gaps around doors and window to prevent the warm or cool air from escaping.
Home Energy Audit
Home energy audit can help to identify areas of potential savings. Individuals can do the audit themselves by walking through the house and looking for ways to save. Some power companies offer free energy audits, hence call and find out. Else call someone who specializes in auditing homes for energy savings. They use high-tech equipment that can find leaks and problems that are not visible for naked eye.