5 ways to cut down your home energy consumption
If you have been receiving high electric bill month after month, then be alarmed. You might be using your appliances more than what you really need.
Normally, a regular American household would consume between $1500 and $2000 a year on electric bills alone. If you happen to fall between these figures, then you can consider yourself as a regular homeowner that uses electricity that is not really needed. Indeed: that is not really needed. Why? Here’s one simple reason: you don’t need to spend as much as $2000 a year for energy. A regular household that spends this amount often wastes power and of course money. And with an increased electric rate, the bills will go even higher.
Want to do some changes? Here are some things you should know, five ways to cut down your home energy consumption:
1. The thermostat control
When you want your room to be super cool because you are sweating from the inside, just don’t turn the thermostat super low. Remember this: the thermostat won’t run as quickly as you want. It will run on the same level all throughout until it reaches the temperature you set. So whether you gradually switch your thermostat low or instantly set it on its lowest, you will receive the same result. The main difference is, you only spend more energy when you think you can get your room to cool quickly if you set your thermostat low.
Think of it this way: You are driving at 5mph when you suddenly shift to 5th gear. What you will get? More pressure on the pedal with lesser speed gained. In other words, you waste so much gas but don’t get the instant speed.
Also, to further cut down your electric bill, you can set the thermostat several degrees lower when you are out or when you sleep.
2. Several small consumptions add up
Your iPod charger, cellphone charger, and other chargers that are plugged 24/7 can cost you additional digits on your electric bill. This also goes to your night-lights that are switched on all day, all night. Also, your digital clocks and pots that are plugged since brought to the house consume high home energy. The computer monitor that is left on the whole day adds up to your electric bill. All these contribute to the cost you pay for your electric bill. Imagine this: these things that you think don’t contribute so much add approx 5% on your electric bill.
3. The cool way
You don’t need a warm water to wash your clothes. Oh, you think that warm water kills germs on your clothes. Well, you don’t need them. Settle for cold water. You can save as much as 90% on your washing machine’s electric consumption if you don’t use water heater.
4. Sealing the leaks
Leaks can come from doors, sills, windows, cracks on the walls, and joints. And making sure that these leaks are given proper attention would yield to saving in the long run. Make sure that your doors are closed properly. If there are spaces, seal them. This goes with all the doors from garage doors, exterior doors, operable windows, to door of the attic. Use sealants such as weather strippers. Windows should also be free from leaks. Cover them with plastic coating so that the heat will be contained inside your home. Cracks on the walls should also be sealed. Regular sealants will instantly do the jobs. The reason for doing this is that you need to keep the heat contained inside your home so that the heating system would not need to do extra work because of the heat loss from these leaks.
5. Keep them small
If you are dinning alone and would want to warm up left overs straight from your fridge, don’t use large pots or ovens. Instead, settle for small pots and microwave. Small pots require less heat while microwave uses lesser power than oven. Small burner instead of large burner is more ideal in preparing meals for two reasons: one, it consumes less electricity, and two, your air conditioning would not work double time cooling down the room.