These days, conserving energy and energy-efficiency is all the rage, and with good reason, as limiting your energy use can be good for both your wallet and the environment. Thankfully, whole industries have popped up that can help you achieve this noble goal. Here is a look at how you can conserve energy at home.
Conduct a Home Energy Audit
Conducting one of these audits can be a great way of finding where you need to make major changes to your energy consumption behavior. These can help you identify major energy wasters, list new appliances to get, find areas of major or minor heat loss, and more. You can absolutely conduct one of these on your own, but for a more advanced audit, you can hire a professional to come in and give you their expert advice.
Replace Your Light Bulbs
Old lightbulbs won’t do it anymore, and there are newer ones that can provide you with the same high-quality light while also saving you money. In particular, replace your current light bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). According to some estimates, this can save you as much as 80% of the electrical use as traditional light bulbs while also lasting even longer than the old light that is currently plugged into your lamp.
Replace Old Power Strips with Smart Power Strips
All of us have those power stripes that enable us to turn one electrical outlet into several. These are very convenient, but can also be huge power wasters because electricity is constantly flowing into these devices. Thankfully, there are smart power strips that you can purchase. These operate by shutting off power when an appliance is not in use. As the name implies, these are smart devices, so you don’t have to worry about turning them on or off again. They can be slightly more expensive than the current version of these strips, but it goes without saying that you will recoup your costs – and more – in the long run.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
Huge chunks of the energy output in your home come from the use of your major appliances, including your dishwasher, refrigerator, and washer and drier units. Thankfully, virtually every major appliance can now be purchased in an energy-efficient form. As such, when making any of these major purchases, make sure that you are buying the energy-efficient version. Furthermore, when operating these devices, try to use them at off-peak hours. Doing so will help to save you money by using electricity and water at cheaper time periods.
Saving money on electrical supplies may require an initial investment in time and money. However, these costs can be recouped and are usually well worth it in the end.