Our daily habits and homes are becoming more energy efficient. This allows you to keep your hard-earned money in your pocket and help conserve energy on a greater scale. New home technology and these energy saving tips will help you pinch more than a few pennies.
Research shows that over the last 22 years, American homes have saved over $362 billion by embracing energy efficiency. Last year, the European Union embarked on a plan to conserve 20% energy by 2020. The narrative is the same in developing countries. Everyone is trying all they can to conserve energy. The UN has started an initiative, Sustainable Energy for All, whose objective is to be energy efficient by 2030.
The question is, how can you be part of this global effort? By improving energy use in your home. Here are practical tips to do so.
Energy Saving Tips To Save You Money
Energy Efficiency In The Kitchen
Cook lots of food at once. If you are baking scones for breakfast, but have additional baking to do at dinner time, decide what can be baked ahead of time. This will help you conserve overall energy.
In the cold season, warm your home with heat from the oven by leaving it open after baking. This way, you will conserve energy that would otherwise have been used by turning on your heater.
Fill up your freezer. When stocking up your freezer with foods, fill it up. This will not only save on space but also on energy. Plus, with a full freezer, that means less trips to the supermarket.
Boil just the right amount of water. A lot of energy goes to waste when you use a kettle to heat up excess water. Try to boil large amounts, then save the excess in the thermos for later. Let’s say you’d like a cup of tea, and in an hour your children went a cup of hot chocolate. Instead of turning the kettle on again, use the reserve left from the first cup of tea.
Let the dishwasher do the work. Put your dishwasher to the test. Instead of meticulously rinsing off your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher, leave them dirty. You’ll save money and water, but also a bit of time!
Energy Efficiency In Washing
Avoid overheated water for washing. For laundry, if it is possible, wash clothes in cold water with cold water detergents. If it is absolutely necessary to wash them in hot water, avoid overheating. Hot water not only destroys the fabric, and also wastes energy.
Dry clothes in sunlight. After your done washing, hang your clothes out to dry. Clothes dried out in the sunlight smell great don’t they? You also conserve energy. If you are to iron them, avoid over-drying them. This will save you time and energy ironing.
Energy Efficiency In Appliances
If not in use, turn it off. Home appliances consume the highest amount of energy. If they are not in use, unplug them. Avoid leaving lights on overnight. If a light is not in use, turn it off. Do not leave TVs, DVDs and radio systems on stand-by.
If you’re leaving for a trip and want to keep a light on to deter intruders, consider an electric timer to turn the light on for an hour or two in the evening.