1. Unplug what you aren’t using. Many things used on a daily basis can be plugged in and unplugged easily, and this will end up saving you a lot of money if you can begin to unplug regularly. Remembering to unplug phone chargers, toasters, hair styling tools, and a ton of other little things can make a big impact in the long run.
2. Use Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) light bulbs. People have been saying for years that fluorescent light bulbs save much more energy and money than regular incandescent bulbs, but is that really true? According to consumerreports.org, replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb with a 13-watt CFL, can save you more than $57 over the life of the bulb. Consider that next time you change your bulbs!
3. Wash clothes with cold water. Washing your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot water can save energy, clean your clothes just as well, and save you money. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, Energy Star stated that almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes to heating water. No heated water means no high bills and no problem!
4. Frequently check your heating and cooling systems. Make sure that there are no issues with either of your heating or cooling systems to be sure that they are efficiently filling your home with warm or cold air like you desire. Any air duct leaks or improper heat pump settings could cause you to pay a lot more than you intended. Don’t forget to change your AC filters often during the summer to get the most bang for your buck, too.
5. Seal any air leaks. Make sure all of your doors and windows are properly secured to keep warm air in and cool air out in the winter, and vice versa in the summer. If you notice small cracks where air could seep in and out, be sure to fill those in with caulk or other forms of insulation to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems.
6. Pile on the layers and turn the thermostat down. In the winter, try turning your thermostat a few degrees cooler to 68 and put a sweatshirt on. This will help you heat your home for less while still staying warm. In the summer, try wearing shorts and a tank top while keeping your home around 78 degrees to minimize your AC use.
7. Turn off the lights. Turning off the lights will help save energy and keep your home cooler if you’re using incandescent light bulbs. Just try to remember when you leave a room to turn the lights off, and you could save yourself a lot of money!