It’s hard to imagine life without electricity; in the modern world, it’s so easy to consume electricity that we often don’t give it a second thought. Case in point: the average American household spends a whopping $107 per month on their electricity bill (Source: Inside Energy).
There are lots of different easy ways that you can save electricity, reduce your electricity bill and decrease your carbon footprint. Read on to learn how you can be a more sustainable homeowner.
1) Unplug electronics and appliances that you’re not using. Phantom power, the energy consumed by electronics and appliances that are turned off but still plugged into a power source, can account for as much as 10% of household energy use (Source: How Stuff Works). Unless you’re making toast 24-7, there’s no need to have that toaster-oven plugged in all the time. Video game consoles and DVD players, in particular, are also huge energy wasters that people often never think to unplug.
2) Have a backyard? Plant deciduous trees on the western side of your home. Deciduous trees lose their leaves seasonally, normally in the fall. This means these trees will block sunlight in the summer to keep your house naturally cool while letting in sunlight in the winter so you don’t have to crank up the thermoset so high in the colder months.
3) Air conditioners account for 5% of total U.S. household energy consumption, costing homeowners over $11 billion annually (Source: Energy.Gov). To keep your A.C. running efficiently and save on electricity, regularly clean your machine and don’t forget to change its air filters.
4) Instead of using a clothes dryer, take a “House on the Prairie” approach and line-dry your clothes. If you do need to use a clothes dryer, make sure to keep the lint screen empty and clean. A full lint screen makes your dryer less efficient, which means it takes way longer to dry your clothes.
5) Swap standard incandescent light bulbs for LEDs. While incandescent bulbs used to be the major player on the market, they are highly inefficient because 90% of their energy is lost as heat. LEDs, on the other hand, use around 80% less energy than their incandescent counterparts and also have an estimated life of more 20 years, making them a simple and cost effective way to save electricity. The price of LED bulbs has also significantly decreased from when they first came on the market, making them a more affordable option for homeowners.
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