Top 5 Energy Saving Tips to Limit How Much Energy We Use In Our Homes

Feb 23, 2021 ByMarc Gordon
    • Only when you move out on your own and rent an apartment or own your own home will you be curious as to what you can do to limit how much energy you use at home. Most of us don’t think about it, right? But when your electric bill comes in the mail, you’re going to want to figure out what small changes you can make to save big. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to go about conserving energy. In order to save a little bit of energy, there are a number of ways to do so and they encompass changes that can be made at home and work alike. Let’s get started!
    • The first tip is all about that thermostat. If you can, program it to turn it down at night and when no one is home during the day. Even a few degrees turned back can have a big impact. If you can invest in a smart thermostat, they’ll do that work for you.  Keep in mind that heat loss is happening in your home all day long- escaping through holes underneath sinks, around ducting from the dryer vent, around outlets, attic, plus around doors and windows. Install weatherstripping to doors and windows! You’ll notice a change in your energy cost over time. 

Tip # 2! Air Sealing. There are different kinds on the market. Weatherstripping on a door or a window. This is a very easy project to do on your own and isn’t costly.  Tip # 3! Water heating: limit the amount of hot water you use (i.e. reduce showers, use dishwashers only when it’s full, wash your clothes with cold water). Conventional storage tank and tankless hot water heater (heats the water as it’s needed, so it heats it on demand). 

Tip # 4! Conserving water: you can mitigate water use by using a low-flow showerhead. A standard showerhead uses 50 gallons of water. A low-flow showerhead uses 15 gallons of water. See the difference? Tip # 5: LED lighting is worth the cost. LED light bulbs have a lifespan of 25,000 hours. Other tips: don’t do half loads of laundry, wash your clothes using cold water, put on a sweater when you feel cold instead of turning up the thermostat.