Summer is officially here, and while soaking up the sun is great – soaking up too much energy in your household isn’t. Not only is this extremely damaging to our environment, but it’s also costly. Here are some eco-friendly tips and tricks to help conserve energy in your household this summer (and probably conserve some $ on that energy bill, too!).
1. Say Goodbye to Your Incandescent Lightbulbs
Incandescent lightbulbs are one of the least eco-friendly types of bulbs available. Not only do they require a lot of energy, but the energy it uses actually emits more heat than light, and they burn out fast. Instead, ditch this traditional bulb and opt for an eco-friendlier version like LED bulbs. They emit less heat and more light, but they also last longer, making them an energy-efficient option. And of course, don’t forget to turn off the lights when you’re leaving the room!
2. Air Condition under the Right Conditions
Even us heat-lovers need a cool escape, and sometimes turning on the AC really is the only option. But, before resorting to cranking the AC to full blast, try turning off the lights and closing the curtains first, this may help reduce the heat in the household, and sometimes the power of a good fan can do the trick.
When all else fails and you do decide to use AC, make sure to replace the filters. According to the Department of Energy, putting in a clean filter can reduce energy consumption by 15%! Sealing up any leaks where air may escape is also a great way to help consciously conserve energy, and always be sure to turn it off before you leave the house!
3. Unplug Everything
Unplugging appliances after using them, like your computer, phone charger, toaster, and blender, is a great way to help conserve the amount of energy used in your household. This will also help cut down on annoying phantom energy expenses. To make this easier, try plugging appliances into a power strip, this way, you’ll only have one switch to remember to turn off!
4. Load it Up!
Whether you’re doing the laundry or the dishes, running a fully loaded cycle is a really great way to help conserve water and energy. Opting to use cold water instead of hot will also help save energy by not having to heat up the water. Whenever possible, try air drying your clothes outside, too!
5. Keep your Freezer Full
A full – not jam-packed – freezer is another great way to help conserve energy. When the freezer is filled with items, it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the empty space cold, so it actually retains the cold better, while conserving energy. Be sure not to over pack your freezer though, as the unit needs air to circulate. This could make the freezer not cool correctly.