Saving money is always right at the top of a person’s priority list, right after the kids of course! One extraordinarily-effective and easy way to save money each year is to reduce your energy consumption at home. It’s true that reducing your energy consumption each month is easy to do. With a few simple changes, eight to be exact, you can start to reduce your monthly energy use without feeling like you have really changed a thing! Because reducing energy use is simple, you can get the entire family on board, further reducing and saving on utility and energy costs. Continue reading to review 8 stress-free and effective tips to promote increased energy efficiency and save money at all once.
How to Reduce Your Energy Consumption
❶ Inspect all the air ducts for leaks. Be sure to also look for gaps, separated hoses, holes, and other damages. Repair or replace insufficient air ducts to seal in conditioned air and reduce your HVAC’s need to overwork itself, costing you more money in energy each month.
❷ As for laundry and dishware, be sure you are washing full loads every time. This can reduce the amount of times you are washing dishes and doing laundry, as well as, your monthly water and energy bills.
❸ Always use the bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans to eliminate excess moisture in the air.
❹ Weather-strip all doors and windows with the proper caulking materials and tools. This ensures a sufficient air-tight seal in your home, allowing it to retain all the conditioned air.
❺ Check the refrigerator for loose seals or air leaks. The stripping inside your refrigerator should provide an air-tight seal. If this stripping is loose or damaged, it could mean your fridge is wasting power. Use a dollar bill to test this. If you cannot pull the bill out from the fridge door once it’s closed, then your strips are sealed tight.
❻ Open windows and curtains for natural light, and always turn off lights that are not needed. Try to light candles in place of lamps more often for even more energy consumption.
❼ Use the grill more often in the spring and summer seasons. Not only does this save power that your stove and oven use to cook food, it reduces your heating and cooling system’s workload.
❽ Replace an old or defective plumbing appliances with an energy efficient models. Talk to a licensed Indianapolis master plumber for details about plumbing maintenance, installation, service, and where to find the best energy-efficient brands.