Reduce your impact on the environment and save money at the same time, with our 10 top energy saving tips for the home.
We always hear reminders that we should all save energy in order to help the environment. However, how many of us really do our part and exert extra effort in doing so? Some may say that they have no idea how to get started, but there are some home energy saving tips that can help.
Why Do We Need to Save Energy?
Knowing the facts and the specific reasons why we need to conserve energy can help a lot in transforming compassion into action.
Whenever we use less energy, we save natural resources and keep more resources on earth longer. Just think of it this way, the more electricity we use, the more fossil fuels are burned. Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as oil, coal and gas. They are not renewable resources and the more electricity we consume, the faster they will be depleted.
Energy consumption also causes pollution because of greenhouse gas emissions, which can harm the environment.
And of course, saving energy also saves money. When you use less electricity, you will also pay less on your electric bill. However, this should not be the only motivation for conservation as there are bigger reasons than that.
How to Conserve Energy at Home
One of the ways to conserve is to practice energy efficiency by employing these electricity saving tips at home:
- Unplug any appliances when not in use. For instance, when you are done with watching television, do not just put it on standby mode. It may be convenient, but it wastes energy so turn it off at the socket. This also applies to chargers such as those for mobile phones and other gadgets. Most people may not be aware but they continue to use electricity even when they are not charging so make sure that they are unplugged after they have served their purpose.
- Make use of natural resources. This is especially applicable during the day when you can let the sunshine in and allow it to naturally light up parts of your house. Open your curtains or blinds instead of using electrical bulbs and fluorescent lights. Furthermore, make sure the curtains are closed when it starts to get colder in the evening. They provide another layer of insulation.
- Instead of heating your home using fossil fuels, try using a renewable energy source. Wood burning stoves can be very effective and energy efficient.
- When using the washing machine, use cold water and a lower temperature to use less electricity. This helps a lot because washing at least 10 degrees lower than usual can save a third of the cost to run the cycle. Also, wait until you have a full load before washing clothes so that you can maximize all the energy used.
- When cooking, and if your menu will allow it, use a pressure cooker instead of an oven. It will reduce the cooking time and even yield better results at times. For instance, you can cook a roast chicken twice as fast when you use the pressure cooker and it will even make your roast fall off the bones which is both convenient and delicious. If you are going to use the oven, use it to bake or heat up different meals at a time to get the most out of it. Once you are done cooking, you can even leave the oven door open to let out some heat and help warm up your house.
- Make sure that your fridge is running efficiently. If there is one major appliance which is always kept on, that would be the fridge, making it one of the most expensive appliance at home. Check and make sure that there are no gaps in the door so that cold air cannot escape. Also, before opening the fridge, think and already decide what you will be getting because the longer you leave the door open, the more energy is wasted. Keeping them full also means no energy will be wasted, because an empty space in your fridge requires it to work harder, so that means using more energy too.
You can also save on heating by doing the following:
- If the temperature at home is a bit chilly, get the extra warmth that you need from clothes such as sweaters, jumpers, beanies, socks, and slippers. You can also put an extra warm and comfortable blanket when you go to bed or when you watch the television. That way, you will not be tempted to turn the heat up and use more energy.
- Turn the heaters and the coolers off when you do not really need them such as when you are leaving the room or going to bed, and most especially, when you are leaving the house. Also, wherever possible, shut doors to areas of the house that you are not using and only use the heaters and coolers in the rooms that you stay in most of the time. Check your windows and doors and make sure that they are sealed properly to prevent heat or coldness from escaping. Also, using an energy efficient space heater can help cut down on the energy you use to heat the home. By only heating the space you are occupying, you can make big savings.
Other things can be done at home to save energy, such as the following:
- Insulate your ceilings and even your walls because they can make a great difference in your energy consumption. Make sure though that they are properly installed and have the right rating for more efficiency.
- Install solar panels or a small wind turbine to save even further on your electricity bill and power your home with clean energy. They can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
- When buying new appliances, check the energy label to make sure that you are buying an energy efficient product.
It is not enough that we know, we must also act and make a change. We need to motivate ourselves and start with simple ways by following the energy saving tips for the home that were mentioned. You can also think of more ways and inspire others to do the same. There are no acts that are too small when it comes to conserving energy and saving our environment.
Here at Tiny House Huge Ideas we write about tiny house life, and also the environment. Check out our recent guide to composting to see how you can reduce your carbon footprint.